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Definitions of why

  1. the cause or intention underlying an action or situation, especially in the phrase `the whys and wherefores' Wordnet Dictionary DB
  2. question word; what is the reason (`how come' is a nonstandard variant); "why are you here?"; "how come he got an ice cream cone but I didn't?" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  3. The reason or cause. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. On what account; wherefore: for what reason?. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. For which or for what reason or cause; wherefore; used emphatically, as, "why, no-the day had broke before we parted"; used as a substantive, as, "we examine the why of things.". Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  6. An introductory expletive. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. Because of which; for which. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. As a relative, the reason or cause for which. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. For what cause, reason, or purpose; on what account; wherefore; - used interrogatively. See the Note under What, pron., 1. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. For which; on account of which; - used relatively. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. The reason or cause for which; that on account of which; on what account; as, I know not why he left town so suddenly; - used as a compound relative. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. For what cause, reason, or purpose; on what account; wherefore; for which; on account of which. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. For what cause or reason? on which account: wherefore. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  14. For what cause, purpose, or reason. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. For what cause or reason, interrogatively; for which reason or cause, relatively; for what reason or cause; for which. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

Usage examples for why

  1. And why should you like to hear me talk to him? – Kenelm Chillingly, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  2. If they do, why do they not say so? – Love's Final Victory by Horatio
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