• (British) IPA: /ðɛə(ɹ)/, /ðɛː(ɹ)/
  • (America) IPA: /ðɛɚ/
  • (Australia) IPA: /ðeː(ɹ)/

there (not comparable)

  1. (location) In a place or location (stated, implied or otherwise indicated) at some distance from the speaker (compare here).
    • 1623, William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors, Act 5, Scene 1,
      And in a dark and dankish vault at home / There left me and my man, both bound together;
    • 1769, King James Bible, Oxford Standard text, Genesis, 2, viii,
      The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
    • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost, 1773, James Buchanan (editor), The First Six Books of Milton's Paradise Lost: Rendered into Grammatical Construction, page 381 ↗,
      To veil the heav'n, tho' darkneſs there might well / Seem twilight here.
  2. (figuratively) In that matter, relation, etc.; at that point, stage, etc., regarded as a distinct place.
    He did not stop there, but continued his speech.
    They patched up their differences, but matters did not end there.
    • 1597 William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Act 3, Scene 3, 1836, The Works of Shakespeare, Isaac, Tuckey, and Co., page 825 ↗,
      The law, that threaten’d death, becomes thy friend / And turns it to exile; there art thou happy.
  3. (location) To or into that place; thither.
    • ante 1400 Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales, prologue:
      A knight there was, and that a worthy man / […]
    • 1623, William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act 2, Scene 1,
      And the rarest that e’er came there.
    • 1690, John Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Book II, Chapter IX, paragraph 4:
      So that wherever there is sense or perception, there some idea is actually produced, and present in the understanding.
    • 1769, King James Bible, Oxford Standard text, Job, 28, vii,
      There is a path which no fowl knoweth, and which the vulture's eye hath not seen:
  4. (obsolete) Where, there where, in which place.
    • ante 1400 Geoffrey Chaucer, [ The Summoners's Prologue and Tale], in The Canterbury Tales,
      And spende hir good ther it is resonable;
      Note: Modern editions commonly render this instance of ther as where.
  5. In existence or in this world; see pronoun section below.
    • 1928 January, Captain Ferdinand Tuohy, "Why Don't We Fly?", in Popular Science, page 144 ↗:
      These firms do not want the truth to get out and are financing these flights in the hope of dazzling the public. Yet the record of the gas engine is there for all to see.
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • Portuguese:
  • French: y,
  • German: dorthin, dahin
  • Italian: ci, vi
  • Portuguese: para aí (towards the second-person), para ali (towards a nearby place), para lá (towards a faraway place)
  • Russian: туда́
  • Spanish: por allí, hacia allá
  • German: da
  • Portuguese:
  • Russian: есть
  1. Used to offer encouragement or sympathy.
    There, there. Everything is going to turn out all right.
  2. Used to express victory or completion.
    There! That knot should hold.

there (plural theres)

  1. That place.
  2. That status; that position.
    You rinse and de-string the green beans; I'll take it from there.
Translations Pronoun
  1. Used as an expletive subject of be in its sense of “exist”, with the semantic, usually indefinite subject being postponed or (occasionally) implied.
    There are two apples on the table. [=Two apples are on the table.]
    There is no way to do it. [=No way to do it exists.]
    Is there an answer? [=Does an answer exist?]
    No, there isn't. [=No, one doesn't exist.]
    • 1908, C. H. Bovill (lyrics), Jerome D. Kern (music), There’s Something Rather Odd About Augustus, song from the musical Fluffy Ruffles,
      It's very sad but all the same, / There’s something rather odd about Augustus.
    • 1909, Leo Tolstoy, translator not mentioned, There are No Guilty People, in The Forged Coupon and Other Stories,
      There was a time when I tried to change my position, which was not in harmony with my conscience; […] .
    • 1918, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett {translator), Notes from Underground, Part 1, II,
      There are intentional and unintentional towns.
  2. Used with other intransitive verbs of existence, in the same sense, or with other intransitive verbs, adding a sense of existence.
    If x is a positive number, then there exists [=there is] a positive number y less than x.
    There remain several problems with this approach. [=Several problems remain with this approach.]
    Once upon a time, in a now-forgotten kingdom, there lived a woodsman with his wife. [=There was a woodsman, who lived with his wife.]
    There arose a great wind out of the east. [=There was now a great wind, arising in the east.]
    • 1895, Sabine Baring-Gould, A Book of Nursery Songs and Rhymes: Nursery Songs, XXII: The Tree in the Wood,
      All in a wood there grew a fine tree,
    • 1897, James Baldwin, The Story of Abraham Lincoln: The Kentucky Home, in Four Great Americans,
      Not far from Hodgensville, in Kentucky, there once lived a man whose name was Thomas Lincoln.
    • 1904, Uriel Waldo Cutler, Stories of King Arthur and His Knights, Chapter XXXI: How Sir Launcelot Found the Holy Grail,
      On a night, as he slept, there came a vision unto him, and a voice said, "Launcelot, arise up, and take thine armour, and enter into the first ship that thou shalt find."
  3. Used with other verbs, when raise#Verb|raised.
    There seems to be some difficulty with the papers. [=It seems that there is some difficulty with the papers.]
    I expected there to be a simpler solution. [=I expected that there would be a simpler solution.]
    There are beginning to be complications. [=It's beginning to be the case that there are complications.]
  4. (in combination with certain prepositions, no longer productive) That.
    therefor, thereat, thereunder
  5. (colloquial) Used to replace an unknown name, principally in greetings and farewells
    Hi there, young fellow.
    • 2016, [ VOA Learning English] (public domain)
      Hi there! I’m Anna and I live in Washington, D.C.
  1. Misspelling of their

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