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why

adverb uk   /waɪ/ us  
A1 for what reason: "I'm going home." "Why?" Why did you choose to live in London? Why wait? Let's leave now. Why should I help him - he never helps me? Why is it that I find chocolate so addictive? The police asked me to explain why I hadn't reported the accident sooner. I don't know why she isn't here. Quite why he isn't here today is a mystery. There is no reason why we shouldn't succeed.
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noun uk   /waɪ/ us  
the whys and (the) wherefores the reasons for something: I know very little about the whys and the wherefores of the situation.
Translations of “why”
in Korean 왜…
in Arabic لِماذا…
in French pourquoi…
in Turkish neden, niçin, ne diye…
in Italian perché…
in Chinese (Traditional) 為甚麼…
in Russian почему?…
in Polish dlaczego, czemu…
in Spanish por qué…
in Portuguese por que, por quê…
in German warum…
in Catalan per què…
in Japanese どうして, なぜ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 为什么…
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