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Definitions of why

  1. question word; what is the reason; " why are you here?"; (` how come' is a nonstandard variant as in" how come he got an ice cream cone but I didn't?")
  2. the cause or intention underlying an action or situation esp in the phrase" the whys and wherefores"
  3. the cause or intention underlying an action or situation, especially in the phrase ` the whys and wherefores'
  4. question word; what is the reason (` how come' is a nonstandard variant); " why are you here?"; " how come he got an ice cream cone but I didn't?"
  5. A young heifer.
  6. For what cause, reason, or purpose; on what account; wherefore; - used interrogatively. See the Note under What, pron., 1.
  7. For which; on account of which; - used relatively.
  8. The reason or cause for which; that on account of which; on what account; as, I know not why he left town so suddenly; - used as a compound relative.
  9. For what cause, reason, or purpose; on what account; wherefore; for which; on account of which.
  10. The reason or cause.
  11. For what cause or reason? on which account: wherefore.
  12. On what account; wherefore: for what reason?.
  13. For what cause, purpose, or reason.
  14. Because of which; for which.
  15. As a relative, the reason or cause for which.
  16. An introductory expletive.
  17. For what cause or reason, interrogatively; for which reason or cause, relatively; for what reason or cause; for which.
  18. For which or for what reason or cause; wherefore; used emphatically, as, " why, no- the day had broke before we parted"; used as a substantive, as, " we examine the why of things.".
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Usage examples for why

  1. Why do you want me to understand? – The Safety Curtain, and Other Stories by Ethel M. Dell
  2. Indeed, why do you think so? – Tom Brown at Oxford by Thomas Hughes
  3. Why should he not go? – Black Rock by Ralph Connor
  4. And why should you like to hear me talk to him? – Kenelm Chillingly, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  5. And why should you do that? – The King of Ireland's Son by Padraic Colum
  6. Why should I have told you anything? – The Nest, The White Pagoda, The Suicide, A Forsaken Temple, Miss Jones and The Masterpiece by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  7. " Well; why do you not speak? – Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope
  8. " No. But-" " Why not? – The Way of Ambition by Robert Hichens
  9. Why tell us not? – The Adventure of Living by John St. Loe Strachey
  10. Why nothing but- nothing at all. – A House Party with the Tucker Twins by Nell Speed
  11. Why what will they do with him? – Lady-Betty-Across-the-Water by Lowell, Orson
  12. She could not tell him why not. – The End of a Coil by Susan Warner
  13. " Why yes," he said. – Oddsfish! by Robert Hugh Benson
  14. And now, shall I tell you why – A Very Naughty Girl by L. T. Meade
  15. Yes, I know why – Cardigan by Robert W. Chambers
  16. And why Mr. Briarfield? – The Man Who Rose Again by Joseph Hocking
  17. Why is it not here? – Mr. Marx's Secret by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  18. And why should he not? – A Maid at King Alfred’s Court by Lucy Foster Madison
  19. And why didn't you? – The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope
  20. If they do, why do they not say so? – Love's Final Victory by Horatio
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