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"why" in American English

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whyconjunction, adverb [not gradable]

 us   /hwɑɪ, wɑɪ/
for what reason: Why do you like living in Paris? She’ll ask why you don’t have your homework.
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"why" in British English

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whyadverb

uk   /waɪ/  us   /waɪ/
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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whyexclamation

uk   /waɪ/  us   /waɪ/ mainly US or old-fashioned

whynoun

uk   /waɪ/  us   /waɪ/
(Definition of why from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “why”
in Korean 왜…
in Arabic لِماذا…
in Malaysian mengapa…
in French pourquoi…
in Russian почему?…
in Chinese (Traditional) 為甚麼…
in Italian perché…
in Turkish neden, niçin, ne diye…
in Polish dlaczego, czemu…
in Spanish por qué…
in Vietnamese tại sao…
in Portuguese por que, por quê…
in Thai ทำไม…
in German warum…
in Catalan per què…
in Japanese どうして, なぜ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 为什么…
in Indonesian mengapa…
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