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Meaning of “which” in the English Dictionary

"which" in British English

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whichdeterminer, pronoun

uk   us   /wɪtʃ/

which determiner, pronoun (QUESTION)

A1 (used in ​questions and ​structures in which there is a ​fixed or ​limited set of ​answers or ​possibilities) what one or ​ones: Which ​party would you ​prefer to go to - Anna's or Dan's ? Which ​doctor did you ​see - Seward? Which ​timesuits you ​better - 12.30 or one o'clock? "Jacinta was there with her ​boyfriend." "Which one? She has several." Which is mine? The ​smaller one? See if you can ​guess which one is me in my ​oldschoolphoto. It's either ​Spanish or ​Portuguese that she ​speaks, but I've ​forgotten which. Which of the ​desserts did you have? Which of ​yourparents do you ​feelcloser to?
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which determiner, pronoun (ADDS INFORMATION)

B1 used to ​addextrainformation to a ​previous clause, in writing usually after a comma: That ​bar on Milton Street, which by the way is very ​nice, is ​owned by Trevor's ​brother. She says it's Charlotte's ​fault, which is ​stupid, and that she ​blames her. Anyway, that ​evening, which I'll ​tell you more about ​later, I ​ended up ​staying at Rachel's ​place. It's the third in a ​sequence of three ​books, the first of which I really ​enjoyed. He ​showed me round the ​town, which was very ​kind of him. The ​picking of the ​fruit, for which ​work they ​receive no ​money, ​takes about a ​week.
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whichpronoun

uk   us   /wɪtʃ/

which pronoun (USED TO REFER)

A2 used as the ​subject or ​object of a ​verb to show what thing or things you are referring to, or to ​addinformation about the thing just ​mentioned. It is usually used for things, not ​people: These are ​principles which we all ​believe in. You ​know that little ​Italianrestaurant - the one which I ​mentioned in my ​letter? Is that the ​film in which he ​kills his ​mother? The ​death of his ​son was an ​experience from which he never ​fullyrecovered. It isn't a ​subject to which I devote a ​greatdeal of ​thought.
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(Definition of which from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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whichpronoun, adjective [not gradable]

 us   /hwɪtʃ, wɪtʃ/

which pronoun, adjective [not gradable] (QUESTION)

(used in ​questions and ​statements having a ​limitednumber of ​possibilities) what one or ​ones: Which ​train do you ​want to take – the one in the ​morning or the one in the ​afternoon? She had ​troubledeciding which of her ​dresses to ​wear to the ​party. She ​speaks Spanish or Portuguese, but I’ve ​forgotten which.

whichpronoun

 us   /hwɪtʃ, wɪtʃ/

which pronoun (USED TO REFER)

used to show what ​particular thing is being referred to: It was a ​subject which he had never ​thought much about. The ​club to which he ​belonged had just ​become too ​expensive.

which pronoun (ADDS INFORMATION)

used to ​addextrainformation about something ​mentionedearlier, in writing ​following a ​comma: She said it would be done by ​March, which I ​doubt. The ​training, for which you will be ​paid, ​takes four ​weeks.
(Definition of which from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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