Meaning of “there” in the English Dictionary

"there" in British English

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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 arrive somewhere:

We'll never get there in time.

B2 informal to succeed:

Try again - you'll get there in the end.

More examples

  • Don't stand out there in the cold, come in here and get warm.
  • I'm not quite sure how to get there - I'd better consult a map.
  • The countryside around there is lovely.
  • I like the house but I don't imagine I'll live there forever.
  • I peeked out the window to see who was there.


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 best candidate.
I took out my wallet but there was no money in it.
By the time I got back, there was no food left.
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 traditional style:

There once was/lived a poor widow who had a beautiful daughter.

More examples

  • Curiously, there didn't seem to be a bank in the town.
  • Is there a direct train to Edinburgh?
  • There were loads of people waiting outside the post office.
  • There are twice as many houses in this area as there used to be.
  • There is a small building adjacent to the house that could be used as an office or studio.



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/

there adverb [ not gradable ] (PLACE)

in, at, or to that place:

Put the chair there.
The museum was closed today, so we’ll go there tomorrow.


us /ðeər/


used to introduce sentences, esp. before the verbs be, seem, and appear:

There’s someone on the phone for you.
There will be plenty of time to pack tomorrow.

(Definition of “there” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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