- whereW1S1 [weə US wer] adv, conj, pron[: Old English; Origin: hwAr]1.) in or to which place▪ Where are you going?▪ Where do they live?▪ Do you know where my glasses are?▪ Where would you like to sit?where (...) to/from▪ Where have you come from?▪ 'We're going on a long journey.' 'Where to?'where to do sth▪ They're easy to find, if you know where to look.where on earth/in the world etc(=used for emphasis when you are surprised, angry etc)▪ Where on earth have you been all this time?see usage note ↑position12.) used to talk about a particular place▪ She was standing exactly where you are standing now.▪ Stay where you are.▪ This is the place where I hid the key.▪ In 1963 we moved to Boston, where my grandparents lived.3.) used to talk about a particular stage in a process, conversation, story etc▪ The treatment will continue until the patient reaches the point where he can walk correctly and safely.▪ You are saying that everyone should be equal, and this is where I disagree.▪ Now, where were we? Oh yes, we were talking about John.4.) used to ask or talk about the origin of something or someone▪ Where does the word 'super' come from?▪ Where does this man get the money to keep two houses?▪ I wonder where he gets these strange ideas.5.) used to say that one person, thing, opinion etc is different from another▪ Where others might have been satisfied, Dawson had higher ambitions.6.) in or to any place= ↑wherever▪ You can sit where you like.▪ You're free to go where you please.
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.