Definition of WHAT

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\ ˈ(h)wät , ˈ(h)wət \

1 used to ask for information about someone or something What is your name?What are those things on the table?What‘s your family like?What happened?What [=how much] does it cost?What did she say?” “She said yes.”What do you think of my idea?What do you want to do tonight?“Dad!” “What (do you want)?” “You have a phone call.”What (on earth) are you doing?!I finished dusting. Now what (should I do)?What (should I do) next?What else did he say?You have money, fame, and a beautiful family. What more could you want?


2 used to describe a question Please ask them what they want for dinner.They asked her what she knew about him.I wonder what his motives were.

3 used to ask someone to say something again because you have not clearly heard or understood it What did you say? = (informal) What? often used to show surprise about the thing that someone has just said “And then I said that he could go to hell.” “You said what?!”She did what?!What? I don’t believe it. You must be joking!

1a(1) used as an interrogative expressing inquiry about the identity, nature, or value of an object or matter What is this?What is wealth without friends?What does he earn?What hath God wrought?

(2) often used to ask for repetition of an utterance or part of an utterance not properly heard or understood You said what?

b(1) used as an interrogative expressing inquiry about the character, nature, occupation, position, or role of a person What do you think I am, a fool?What is she, that all our swains commend her?— William Shakespeare

(2) archaic : who sense 1 used as an interrogative expressing inquiry about the identity of a person

c used as an exclamation expressing surprise or excitement and frequently introducing a question What, no breakfast?

d used in expressions directing attention to a statement that the speaker is about to make you know what

e(1) used at the end of a question to express inquiry about additional possibilities Is it raining, or snowing, or what?

(2) used with or at the end of a question usually in expectation of agreement Is this exciting, or what?

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f chiefly British used at the end of an utterance as a form of tag question A clever play, what?

2a : the thing or things that What you need is a vacation. What angered us was the tone of the article.

b : that which : the one or ones that no income but what he gets from his writings sometimes used in reference to a clause or phrase that is yet to come or is not yet complete gave also, what is more valuable, understanding

what for

1 : for what purpose or reason : why usually used with the other words of a question between what and for What did you do that for? except when used alone

2 : harsh treatment especially by blows or by a sharp reprimand … gave him what for in violent Spanish …New Yorker

what have you

: whatnot novels, plays, short stories, travelogues, and what have you— Haldeen Braddy

what if

1 : what will or would be the result if

2 : what does it matter if So what if he doesn’t like it.

what of

1 : what is the situation with respect to

2 : what importance can be assigned to

what’s more

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what’s what

: the true state of things knows what’s what when it comes to fashion

what though

: what does it matter if What though the rose have prickles, yet ’tis plucked …— William Shakespeare

1 : in what respect : how What does he care?

2 used to introduce prepositional phrases in parallel construction or a prepositional phrase that expresses cause and usually has more than one object used principally before phrases beginning with with what with unemployment increasingwhat with the war, what with the sweat, what with the gallows, and what with poverty, I am custom-shrunk.— William Shakespeare

3 obsolete : why

1a used as an interrogative expressing inquiry about the identity, nature, or value of a person, object, or matter What minerals do we export?

b : how remarkable or striking for good or bad qualities used especially in exclamatory utterances and dependent clauses What mountains!Remember what fun we had?What a suggestion!What a charming girl!

2a : the … that : as much or as many … as rescued what survivors they found

(2) : any ornament of what description soever