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whompronoun

uk   us   /huːm/ formal
B2 used ​instead of "who" as the ​object of a ​verb or ​preposition: I ​met a man with whom I used to ​work. He took out a ​photo of his ​son, whom he ​adores. There were 500 ​passengers, of whom 121 ​drowned. To whom do you ​wish to ​speak?

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(Definition of whom from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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whompronoun

 us   /hum/
  • whom pronoun (ADDING INFORMATION)

used as the ​object of a ​verb or after a ​preposition when referring to a ​particularperson or when ​addinginformation about a ​person just ​mentioned: The Kenyans have three ​runners in the ​race, any of whom could ​win. He took out a ​photo of his ​son, whom he ​adores.
  • whom pronoun (ASKING)

used esp. in ​questions as the ​object of a ​verb or after a ​preposition, when ​asking which ​person or ​people, or when ​asking what someone’s ​name is: Of whom can it ​truly be said that they have never been ​dishonest?
(Definition of whom from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “whom”
in Arabic الَّذي, الّتي…
in Korean “who”의 목적격…
in Portuguese quem, que, o qual…
in Catalan qui…
in Japanese “who” の目的格…
in Chinese (Simplified) (作宾语时代替 who)…
in Turkish kimi, kime…
in Russian кого, кому, кем…
in Chinese (Traditional) (作受詞時代替 who)…
in Italian chi, che, il quale…
in Polish kogo, którego, których…
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