• Here


    • UK IPA: /hɪə(ɹ)/
    • US IPA: /hi(ə)ɹ/
    • US IPA: /hiɹ/, /hɪɹ/
    • Rhymes: -ɪə(r)
    • Homophones: hear, hir

    Origin 1

    From Middle English here, from Old English hēr ("in this place"), from Proto-Germanic *hē₂r, from Proto-Indo-European *ki- ("this") + adverbial suffix *-r. Cognate with the English pronoun he, German hier, Dutch hier, her, Icelandic hér, Faroese, Norwegian, Danish her, Swedish här.

    Full definition of here



    1. (location) In, on, or at this place.
      I'm here!
      • 1849, Alfred Tennyson, , VII,Dark house, by which once more I stand
        Here in the long unlovely street,
      • 2008, Omar Khadr, ,The Canadian visitor stated, “I’m not here to help you. I’m not here to do anything for you. I’m just here to get information.”
    2. (location) To this place; used in place of the more dated hither.
      Please come here.
      • 1891, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, ,He said we came here solely on my account, that I was to have perfect rest and all the air I could get.
    3. (abstract) In this context.
      Derivatives can refer to anything that is derived from something else, but here they refer specifically to functions that give the slope of the tangent line to a curve.
    4. At this point in the argument or narration.
      Here endeth the lesson.
      • 1796, George Washington, ,Here, perhaps I ought to stop.
      • 1922, Ben Travers, A Cuckoo in the Nest Chapter 6, “And drove away—away.” Sophia broke down here. Even at this moment she was subconsciously comparing her rendering of the part of the forlorn bride with Miss Marie Lohr's.



    1. (abstract) This place; this location.An Alzheimer patient's here may in his mind be anywhere he called home in the time he presently re-lives.
    2. (abstract) This time, the present situation.Here in history, we are less diligent about quashing monopolies.



    1. Filler after a noun or demonstrative pronoun, solely for emphasis.John here is a rascal.
    2. Filler after a demonstrative pronoun but before the noun it modifies, solely for emphasis.This here orange is too sour.


    1. (British, slang) Used for emphasis at the beginning of a sentence when expressing an opinion or want.Here, I'm tired and I want a drink.

    Origin 2

    From Old Scots heir, from Middle English here, heere ("army"), from Old English here ("army"), from Proto-Germanic *harjaz ("army"), from Proto-Indo-European *kory- ("war, troops"). Cognate with Old Saxon heri ("army"), Dutch heer, heir, Old High German heri, hari ("army") (German Heer), Danish hær ("army"), Gothic 𐌷𐌰𐍂𐌾𐌹𐍃 (harjis, "army"). More at harry.



    (plural heres)
    1. An army, host.
    2. A hostile force.
    3. (Anglo-Saxon) An invading army, either that of the enemy, or the national troops serving abroad. Compare fyrd.
    4. An enemy, individual enemy.

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