1  quest You use what in questions when you ask for particular information about something that you carry out not know. What perform you want?..., `Has other happened?"—`Indeed the has."—`What?"..., Hey! What space you doing?    What is likewise a determiner., det What time is it?..., `The heater works."  

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2  conj 
You usage what after particular words, particularly verbs and also adjectives, as soon as you are referring come a situation that is unknown or has not to be specified. You deserve to imagine what it would certainly be like driving a automobile into a brick wall at 30 miles an hour..., I want to know what happened to Norman..., do you understand what those idiots have actually done?..., We had never checked out anything prefer it before and also could not watch what to carry out next..., She turn scarlet native embarrassment, as soon as she establish what she had actually done.    What is likewise a determiner., det I didn"t understand what university I want to go to..., i didn"t recognize what else to say., ...an inspection to ascertain to what degree colleges space responding to the needs of industry.  
3  conj 
You usage what at the beginning of a clause in frameworks where girlfriend are transforming the order of the details to provide special emphasis to something., (emphasis) What precisely triggered off yesterday"s revolt is quiet unclear..., What i wanted, much more than anything, to be a couple of days" rest...  
4  conj You usage what in expressions such as what is called and what amounts to as soon as you are providing a summary of something. She had remained in what doctors described as an irreversible vegetative state for 5 years...  
5  conj 
You usage what to indicate that you are talking about the totality of an amount the is available to you. He drinks what is left in his glass together if it to be water...    What is additionally a determiner., det (=whatever) They had actually had to usage what money they had.  
6  convention 
You to speak `What?" come tell someone who has actually indicated that they desire to speak to you the you have heard them and also are inviting them to continue. SPOKEN, formulae `Dad?"—`What?"—`Can I have actually the auto tonight?"  
7  convention 
You say `What?" once you ask someone to repeat the thing that they have actually just said because you did no hear or recognize it properly. `What?" is much more informal and less polite than expressions such as `Pardon?" and also `Excuse me?". SPOKEN, formulae `They can paint this place," she said. `What?" the asked.  
8  convention 
You speak `What" to express surprise., (feelings) `Adolphus Kelling, ns arrest friend on a charge of smuggling in narcotics."—`What?"  
9  predet You use what in exclamations to emphasize one opinion or reaction., (emphasis) What a horrible thing come do..., What a liven day.    What is additionally a determiner., det What ugly things; litter them away, litter them away..., What good news, Jakki.  
10  adv 
You use what to suggest that you room making a guess about something such as an lot or value. ADV n It"s, what, eleven years or an ext since he"s viewed him...  
11 You to speak guess what or execute you recognize what to present a piece of information which is surprising, i m sorry is not typically known, or which you want to emphasize. ♦guess what/do you recognize what 
 convention Guess what? I"m going come dinner in ~ Mrs. Combley"s tonight...  
12 In conversation, you say or what? after ~ a concern as a means of stating an opinion forcefully and showing the you suppose other people to agree. ♦or what 
 phrase cl PHR  (emphasis) Look at that moon. Is that beautiful or what?..., Am i wasting my time here, or what?  
13 You speak so what? or what that it? to show that the ahead remark seems unimportant, uninteresting, or irrelevant to you. ♦so what, what the it  convention  (feelings) (=so) `I skipped off institution today,"  
14 You say `Tell friend what" to present a suggestion or offer. ♦tell friend what 
 phrase PHR cl Tell girlfriend what, let"s stay here one more day.  
15 You use what about at the start of a question as soon as you make a suggestion, offer, or request. ♦what about 
 phrase PHR n/-ing What around going out with me tomorrow?...  
16 You usage what about or what of when you present a new topic or a allude which seems relevant to a vault remark. ♦what about/of 
 phrase PHR group/cl Now you"ve talked about work ~ above daffodils, what around other commercially essential flowers, choose roses?...  
17 You to speak what about a specific person or thing as soon as you ask who to explain why they have actually asked you about that person or thing. ♦what about 
 phrase PHR n `This thing with the Corbett woman."—`Oh, yeah. What around her?"  
18 You speak what have actually you at the end of a perform in order come refer typically to other things that the exact same kind. ♦what have you 
 phrase n PHR, n and/or PHR  (vagueness) So plenty of things room unsafe these days  
19 You to speak what if in ~ the beginning of a question once you ask around the after-effects of something happening, particularly something undesirable. ♦what if  phrase PHR cl What if this doesn"t work out?...  
20 If you know what"s what, you understand the important things that need to be known around a situation. ♦what"s what 
 phrase PHR after ~ v You need to know what"s what and also when to draw the line..., You should come across the river through us. Climate you will really watch what"s what.  
 What"s is the normal spoken type of `what is" or `what has", especially when `has" is an auxiliary verb. 

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