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Definitions of why

  1.   the cause or intention underlying an action or situation esp in the phrase" the whys and wherefores"
  2.   As a relative, the reason or cause for which.
  3.   For what cause or reason? on which account: wherefore.
  4.   A young heifer.
  5.   The reason or cause.
  6.   the cause or intention underlying an action or situation, especially in the phrase ` the whys and wherefores'
  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.   Because of which; for which.
  10.   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.".
  11.   For what cause or reason, interrogatively; for which reason or cause, relatively; for what reason or cause; for which.
  12.   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?")
  13.   For what cause, reason, or purpose; on what account; wherefore; for which; on account of which.
  14.   An introductory expletive.
  15.   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?"
  16.   For what cause, reason, or purpose; on what account; wherefore; - used interrogatively. See the Note under What, pron., 1.
  17.   For what cause, purpose, or reason.
  18.   On what account; wherefore: for what reason?.

Quotes of why

  1. Rome had Senators too, that's why it declined. – Frank Dane
  2. That is why according to this newer psychology, Christianity has already fulfilled its biological mission, and it is impossible for the modern man to understand its original significance. – Muhammed Iqbal
  3. I don't know who the hell Paul Lynde is, or why he's funny, and I prefer it to be a mystery to me. – Paul Lynde
  4. Why should I give you an interview? All you journalists are plagiarists. – Sam Peckinpah
  5. I believe I have lots of time. I have to believe that, that it won't come back, and that that's why I'm in good hands. But I also do live my life by putting nothing off. – Lynn Redgrave
  6. I forged myself out of a vacuum. I crawl along the highway on hacked off stumps year after year. Some wonder how and why I never do. – Henry Rollins
  7. Why argue about things you can't prove? – William Ruckelshaus
  8. It was very hard for me to practice and enjoy my tennis, and I didn't know the why so I worked with psychologists to try and see what was happening. They pushed me really hard. – Gabriela Sabatini
  9. My thought is me: that is why I cannot stop thinking. I exist because I think I cannot keep from thinking. – Jean-Paul Sartre
  10. But why should I run for office and lose what little influence I have? – Ron Silver
  11. Less Than Zero and American Psycho were both really different, so I was just like, Okay, he's just really doesn't have anything pleasant to say, you know? But I get it. I get at least why it's difficult and what he's really doing. – Shannyn Sossamon
  12. Call him wise whose actions, words, and steps are all a clear because to a clear why – Sara Teasdale
  13. Rounder Records decided to call the album Move It On Over, much to my chagrin but they knew what they were doing. It took off and to this day I can't figure out why – George Thorogood
  14. I tried to keep it secret, but the story got into the newspapers. It was more difficult for my family, who couldn't understand why the media wouldn't leave me in peace. – Grete Waitz
  15. The world hates us, but the bottom line is we're gonna have to show the world why they hate us by bombing the hell out of some people that have been hurting us. That's all. That's the end of it. – Jimmie Walker

Usage examples for why

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

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