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Definitions of What

  1.   As an interrogative pronoun used in asking questions regarding either persons or things as what is this what did you say what poem is this what child is lost
  2.   Used adjectively meaning how remarkable or how great as what folly what eloquence what courage
  3.   Sometimes prefixed to adjectives in an adverbial sense as nearly equivalent to how as what happy boys
  4.   As a relative pronoun
  5.   Used adverbially in a sense corresponding to the adjectival use as he picked what good fruit he saw
  6.   Something thing stuff
  7.   Why For what purpose On what account
  8.   As an exclamatory word a Used absolutely or independently often with a question following
  9.   Used substantively with the antecedent suppressed equivalent to that which or those persons who or those things which called a compound relative
  10.   Used adjectively equivalent to the which the sort or kind of which rarely the on or at which
  11.   Whatever whatsoever what thing soever used indefinitely
  12.   Used adverbially in part partly somewhat with a following preposition especially with and commonly with repetition
  13.   Compound relative meaning that which the thing that as have you found what you want an interrogative as what are you doing an indefinite as I do not know what happende
  14.   Interrogative as what trade does he follow
  15.   How how much as what does it profit Partly followed by with as what with the cold and what with the darkness we could go no farther
  16.   That as there is no doubt but what he will succeed so far as as well as
  17.   Neuter of WHO how great something rel pron that which WHAT TIME B at what time when
  18.   That which also used in asking questions as what is it What man
  19.   In interrogative construction asking For information as to a person or thing
  20.   How surprising ridiculous great or the like
  21.   Which circumstance event relation or the like
  22.   That which a double relative
  23.   In what respect to what extent
  24.   In some measure partly
  25.   So far as as well as
  26.   That especially in the phrase but what
  27.   Sort of
  28.   That which the thing that which part much used in asking questions interrogatively and elliptically as equivalent to what will be the consequence What time at the time when What though granted this or that allow it to be so What ho an exclamation of calling
  29.   Thing matter
  30.   That which the thing that the sort or kind which of several used as an exclamatory word by way of surprise or question meaning how great how remarkable and suchlike used for partly or in part as what with war what with poverty

Quotes of What

  1. What is ironic is that Allen Ginsberg's importance was in its twilight for so many years that it took his death to bring it to the front page He electrified an entire world – Rita Dove
  2. Eyes is the attempt to tell the story of the Civil Rights movement and to create an emotional intellectual constituency But what do you do after that The black community doesn't have institutions that pick up such moments and preserve them – Henry Hampton
  3. I wrote the book because I wanted to be able to share some things that I had learned and as pompous as that may sound as you get to a certain point in life you figure so what am I doing – Goldie Hawn
  4. I was a Scout years ago before the movement started when my father took me fishing camping and hunting Then I was sorry that more girls could not have what I had When I learned of the movement I thought here is what I always wanted other girls to have – Lou Henry Hoover
  5. I write when I have to I write when the song is done and I deal with the idea and I just go with it and I'll become what that song is all about until I have finished it And when you do that it makes the song more visual it makes it more personal – Kerry King
  6. The best people to listen to are those who have already been successful accomplishing exactly what you are seeking to accomplish – Brian Koslow
  7. I just wish the crowd I was associated with was more passionate about what they were doing and less consumed with the commerce of the art form – Shia LaBeouf
  8. Of course a poem is a two -way street No poem is any good if it doesn't suggest to the reader things from his own mind and recollection that he will read into it and will add to what the poet has suggested But I do think poetry readings are very important – James Laughlin
  9. Long for me as I for you forgetting what will be inevitable the long black aftermath of pain – Malcolm Lowry
  10. What I want is men who will support me when I am in the wrong – William Lamb Melbourne
  11. I just finished a novel and I'm back kind of noodling on the screenplays Screenplays are tough I am making music I'm just not sure what kind of music it is or where it's going – Michael Nesmith
  12. It's the relationships between people that are more important than the sort of far away fantasies of what the good life is the world of supermodels and Bud ads – Mira Sorvino
  13. At an expense trifling indeed compared to what she frequently spends upon unprofitable contests she might place the moral world on a new foundation and to rise the pinnacle of moral glory – John Strachan
  14. Some statements concern the conscious states of the animal what he is to himself as an inner life others concern his original and acquired ways of response his behavior what he is an outside observer – Edward Thorndike
  15. The notion that the public accepts or rejects anything in modern art is merely romantic fiction The game is completed and the trophies distributed long before the public knows what has happened – Thomas Wolfe

Usage examples for What

  1. What to do with her – An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad
  2. What could I ha' done – Sylvia's Lovers -- Complete by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  3. But what does it matter Batsby ” – Ayala's Angel by Anthony Trollope
  4. You know what to say – Fire-Tongue by Sax Rohmer
  5. What will the man think of me – 'Laramie;' or, The Queen of Bedlam. by Charles King
  6. What do you think Lawry ” – Haste and Waste by Oliver Optic
  7. What have you been – A Man and His Money by Frederic Stewart Isham
  8. What the debbil am it – The Mermaid of Druid Lake and Other Stories by Charles Weathers Bump
  9. And what did he say O'Grady ” – With Moore At Corunna by G. A. Henty
  10. “ I say what I mean – The Beetle A Mystery by Richard Marsh
  11. You remember what I said – Taken Alive by E. P. Roe
  12. What do you mean Vicomte ” – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  13. Now Jael Dence what is the matter – Put Yourself in His Place by Charles Reade
  14. What do you want to see – Fighting France by Stephane Lauzanne
  15. “ That's what you must do – Moor Fires by E. H. (Emily Hilda) Young
  16. What can us do – By Violence by John Trevena
  17. “ I wonder what you think of it – Memoir and Letters of Francis W. Newman by Giberne Sieveking
  18. “ I know what it will mean – Kent Knowles: Quahaug by Joseph C. Lincoln
  19. Then what shall you tell him – The Dominant Strain by Anna Chapin Ray
  20. That what you mean – The Bells of San Juan by Jackson Gregory

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