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Meaning of “there” in the English Dictionary

"there" in British English

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thereadverb

uk   /ðeər/  us   /ðer/
  • there adverb (PLACE)

A1 (to, at, or in) that ​place: Put the ​chair there. The ​museum is ​closed today. We'll go there ​tomorrow. There's that ​book you were ​looking for. I'll have to ​stop you there - we've ​run out of ​time. I ​left the ​boxes over/out/under there.get there A1 to ​arrivesomewhere: We'll never get there in ​time. B2 informal to ​succeed: Try again - you'll get there in the end.

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  • there adverb (INTRODUCING SUBJECT)

A1 used to ​introduce the ​subject of a ​sentence, ​especially before the ​verbs be, seem, and appear: There's someone on the ​phone for you. There's no ​doubt who is the ​bestcandidate. I took out my ​wallet but there was no ​money in it. By the ​time I got back, there was no ​foodleft. There ​appeared/​seemed to be a ​problem with ​finding a ​date for the ​meeting.not standard There's (= there are)lives at ​stake and we can't ​afford to take any ​risks. literary used to ​begin some children's ​stories written in a ​traditionalstyle: There ​once was/​lived a ​poorwidow who had a ​beautifuldaughter.

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Grammar

thereexclamation

uk   /ðeər/  us   /ðer/
(Definition of there from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"there" in American English

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thereadverb [not gradable]

 us   /ðeər/
in, at, or to that ​place: Put the ​chair there. The ​museum was ​closed today, so we’ll go there ​tomorrow.

therepronoun

 us   /ðeər/
  • there pronoun (INTRODUCING A SENTENCE)

used to ​introducesentences, esp. before the ​verbs be, ​seem, and ​appear: There’s someone on the ​phone for you. There will be plenty of ​time to ​packtomorrow.
(Definition of there from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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