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English definition of “here”

here

adverb     /hɪər/ US  /hɪr/
A1 in, at, or to this place: I've lived here for about two years. I like it here. London is only 50 miles from here. Come here - I've got something to show you. How long are you over here (= in this country)?PresentAvailable and accessibleUnavailable and inaccessible A2 used at the beginning of a statement to introduce someone or something: Here's Fiona - let me introduce you to her. Here's the book I said I'd lend you.Preceding and introducing A2 used to show that someone has arrived or that something has started: Here they are! We thought you'd never come! Here we are (= we have arrived) - I said it wouldn't take more than half an hour by car. Now that Christmas is here (= has begun), I might as well give up my diet.PresentAvailable and accessibleUnavailable and inaccessible A1 describes someone or something that is near you: I don't know anything about this, but I'm sure my colleague here can help you. It says here (= in this piece of writing) that she was born in 1943.Closeness in distance and timeAbout to happen B2 now: Shall we break here and have a coffee? Where do we go/Where do we take it from here? (= What should we do next?)Now here (you are) A2 used when giving something to someone: "Could you pass the sugar, please?" "Here you are." Here, try some of this - it's delicious!Giving, providing and supplying Grammar:Here and thereHere and there are adverbs.See moreGrammar:Here and there: meaningsWhen we use here, it typically refers to the place where the speaker is, and we see the position of people and things from the speaker’s point of view:See moreGrammar:Here and there with this, that, these, those (demonstratives)We often use here with nouns that have this or these before them, and there with nouns that have that or those before them:See moreGrammar:Here and there after prepositionsWe can use here and there after prepositions:See moreGrammar:Here and there in front positionWe can use here and there in front position, with the subject and verb inverted. The most common expressions of this type are here is x, here comes x, there is x, there goes x:See moreGrammar:Here you are, there you areWe can use here you are and there you are (or, in informal situations, here you go and there you go) when giving something to someone. Here and there have the same meaning in this use:See moreGrammar:Here it is!There he is!We often use here + subject pronoun + be and there + subject pronoun + be at the moment of finding or meeting someone or something we have been looking for or waiting for:See moreGrammar:Here I am!People often say that they have arrived or that someone else has arrived using here + subject pronoun + be:See moreGrammar:Here: on the telephonePeople often use here to identify themselves on the telephone or in voicemail messages:See moreGrammar:Hello there!We often use there in informal situations after hello and hi:See more
(Definition of here adverb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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