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Having a chance to be someone other than yourself and to act out stuff that makes people look at you, like, wow, and that's why I love acting so much.
Quinton Aaron

Meaning of "why" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD WHY

Old English hwī; related to Old Norse hvī, Gothic hveileiks what kind of, Latin quī.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF WHY

why  [waɪ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF WHY

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Why can act as a noun, an adverb, a pronoun and an exclamation.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The adverb is an invariable part of the sentence that can change, explain or simplify a verb or another adverb.

The pronoun is a word that replaces other terms that designate people or things at any given moment.

Exclamation is an expression or voice that reflects an emotion or exaltation.

WHAT DOES WHY MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Why

Why may refer to: ▪ Causality, a consequential relationship between two events ▪ Reason, a premise in support of an argument, for what reason or purpose ▪ Why?, one of the Five Ws used in journalism...

Definition of why in the English dictionary

The first definition of why in the dictionary is for what reason, purpose, or cause?. Other definition of why is for or because of which. Why is also the reason, purpose, or cause of something.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE WHY

whosesoever
whosever
whosis
whoso
whosoe´er
whosoever
Whr
whsle
whummle
whump
whup
whup ass
whupped
whupping
Whyalla
whydah
whydah bird
whydunit
whydunnit
whyever

WORDS THAT END LIKE WHY

anarchy
bibliography
biography
discography
filthy
geography
healthy
McCarthy
murphy
philosophy
photography
pornography
shy
sympathy
telepathy
thy
Timothy
trophy
typography
worthy

Synonyms and antonyms of why in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «why» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF WHY

Find out the translation of why to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of why from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «why» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

为什么
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

por qué
570 millions of speakers

English

why
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

क्यों
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

لـِمَاذا
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

почему
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

Porquê?
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

কেন
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

pourquoi
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Mengapa
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

warum
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

なぜ
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Kenapa
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

tại sao
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

ஏன்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

का
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

niye ya
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

perché
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

dlaczego
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

чому
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

de ce
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

γιατί
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

Hoekom
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

varför
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

hvorfor
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of why

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «WHY»

The term «why» is very widely used and occupies the 518 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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Principal search tendencies and common uses of why
List of principal searches undertaken by users to access our English online dictionary and most widely used expressions with the word «why».

FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «WHY» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «why» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «why» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about why

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10 QUOTES WITH «WHY»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word why.
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Quinton Aaron
Having a chance to be someone other than yourself and to act out stuff that makes people look at you, like, wow, and that's why I love acting so much.
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Chris Abani
That women are mysterious and unknowable is something every young man grows up believing. Men, on the other hand, never think of themselves as mysterious or confusing, and we are often at a loss as to why women want to figure us out.
3
Daniel Baldwin
I tell people, if you really want me to look that good, why don't you cough up about $2 million more and hire Alec or Billy? If you want me to do it, this is what you get.
4
Kylie Bax
If we can send a man to the moon, then why don't we send a woman?
5
Lindy Boggs
So many people are walking around looking so grim all the time. I just never understand why.
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Art Buchwald
So far things are going my way. I am known in the hospice as The Man Who Wouldn't Die. I don't know if this is true or not, but I think some people, not many, are starting to wonder why I'm still around.
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Sandra Bullock
Why is it that when we get older, we get more fearful?
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John Burdett
I think it is immensely difficult to get the U.S. interested in non-U.S. topics. I don't think this is because the average American reader is disinterested, but more because of publishers playing it safe: if a thriller based in L.A. is a sure winner, why spend money plugging one based in Paris - or Bangkok?
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Trey Burke
I don't know why, but at the end of games, for some reason, I just get more confident. I just think it's natural. I think it's something I've embraced from a young age.
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Clayton Christensen
The reason why it is so difficult for existing firms to capitalize on disruptive innovations is that their processes and their business model that make them good at the existing business actually make them bad at competing for the disruption.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «WHY»

Discover the use of why in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to why and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Why Social Justice Matters
" Brian Barry exposes the shoddy logic and distortion of reality that underpins this ideology.
Brian Barry, 2005
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Why?
Written in an easy-to-read style by distinguished social historian Charles Tilly, the book explores the manner in which people claim, establish, negotiate, repair, rework, or terminate relations with others through the reasons they give.
Charles Tilly, 2012
3
Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take ...
In business, it doesn't matter what you do, it matters WHY you do it. Start with Why analyses leaders like Martin Luther King Jr and Steve Jobs and discovers that they all think in the same way - they all started with why.
Simon Sinek, 2011
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Why?
An Omnium-Gatherum of World War & World Series, Supersitions & Psychoses, the Tooth Fairy Rule & Turkey City Lexicon & Other of Life's Wherefores.
Erin McHugh, 2005
5
Why People Obey the Law
People obey the law if they believe it's legitimate, not because they fear punishment--this is the startling conclusion of Tom Tyler's classic study.
Tom R. Tyler, 2006
6
Why So Slow?: The Advancement of Women
Virginia Valian uses concepts and data from psychology, sociology, economics, and biology to explain the disparity in the professional advancement of men and women.
Virginia Valian, 1999
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How to Read and Why
At a time when faster and easier electronic media threaten to eclipse reading and literature, the author explores reasons for reading and demonstrates the aesthetic pleasure reading can bring.
Harold Bloom, 2001
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WHY THE WILD THINGS ARE
This is the first book to examine children's many connections to animals and to explore their developmental significance.
Gail F. Melson, 2005
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Why Men Marry Bitches: A Woman's Guide to Winning Her Man's ...
Shares advice about such topics as the ways in which men avoid commitment, using mental challenges to keep a man interested, and increasing one's attractiveness by assuming an air of confidence.
Sherry Argov, 2006
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How to Read Superhero Comics and why
In this book, Geoff Klock presents a study of the Third Movement of superhero comic books. He avoids, at all costs, the temptation to refer to this movement as "Postmodern," "Deconstructionist," or something equally tedious.
Geoff Klock, 2002

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «WHY»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term why is used in the context of the following news items.
1
Why Circa failed
A front page led by the day's biggest news. A selection of stories, chosen by editors, arranged more or less by importance. And inside, a bundle of sections ... «The Verge, Jun 15»
2
Why Don't the Poor Rise Up?
Why are today's working poor so quiescent? I'm not the only one posing this question. “Why aren't the poor storming the barricades?” asks The Economist. “Why ... «New York Times, Jun 15»
3
Why I Can't Forgive Dylann Roof
I DO NOT forgive Dylann Roof, a racist terrorist whose name I hate saying or knowing. I have no immediate connection to what happened in Charleston, S.C., ... «New York Times, Jun 15»
4
Why Women Apologize and Should Stop
So, in the words of a popular 2014 Pantene ad, why are women always apologizing? One commonly posited theory, which informs everything from shampoo ... «New York Times, Jun 15»
5
Why We Love to Hate HR…and What HR Can Do About It
Like any other function, HR must show why the issues it addresses matter to the business and that it has sensible ways to manage them. A few years ago the ... «blogs.hbr.org, Jun 15»
6
Why Startups Love Moleskines
The popularity of Moleskine notebooks seems to defy the widespread worship of technological innovations coming out of Silicon Valley. Credit PHOTOGRAPH ... «The New Yorker, Jun 15»
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'Why Grow Up?' by Susan Neiman
A great deal of modern popular culture — including just about everything pertaining to what French savants like to call le nouvel âge d'or de la comédie ... «New York Times, Jun 15»
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Lost Posture: Why Some Indigenous Cultures May Not Have Back …
Editor's note, June 10: We have added an acknowledgement of several sources that Esther Gokhale used while developing her theories on back pain. «NPR, Jun 15»
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Why I Defaulted on My Student Loans
ONE late summer afternoon when I was 17, I went with my mother to the local bank, a long-defunct institution whose name I cannot remember, to apply for my ... «New York Times, Jun 15»
10
Why Do Airplane Windows Have Tiny Holes?
It's time for another sky-high edition of What's That Thing, Slate's column that examines the details of the world that are hiding in plain (or plane) sight. «Slate Magazine, May 15»

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