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what

pronoun, determiner   /wɒt/
A1 used to ask for information about something qué What’s this? What time is it?
A1 informal used when you have not heard what someone has said and you want them to repeat it qué ‘Do you want a drink, Tom?’ ‘What?’
B1 used to mean something without giving it a name lo que I heard what he said. Do you know what I mean?
informal used to ask what someone wants when they call you qué ‘Jenny?’ ‘Yes, what?’
what about…?
A2 used to suggest something ¿y si…? What about asking Martin to help?
what a/an…
B1 used to give your opinion que… What an awful day!
what if…?
B1 used to ask about something that could happen in the future, especially something bad ¿y si…? What if I miss the plane?
what… for?
used to ask about the reason or the purpose for something ¿para qué…? What are these tools for? What are you doing that for?
(Definition of what from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

what

pronoun, adjective /wot/
used in questions etc when asking someone to point out, state etc one or more persons, things etc qué What street is this? What’s your name/address/telephone number? What time is it? What (kind of) bird is that? What is he reading? What did you say? What is this cake made of? ’What do you want to be when you grow up?’ ’A doctor.’ Tell me what you mean I asked him what clothes I should wear.
(also adverb ) used in exclamations of surprise, anger etc qué What clothes she wears! What a fool he is! What naughty children they are! What a silly film this is!
whatever relative adjective, relative pronoun
any (thing(s) or amount) that todo(s) lo(s) … que I’ll lend you whatever (books) you need.
whatnot noun
such things esas cosas, cosas de ese tipo He told me all about publishing and whatnot.
what’s-his/-her/-its etc -name noun
used in referring vaguely to a person or thing fulano, mengano Where does what’s-his-name live?
whatsoever /-sou-/ adjective
at all en absoluto, para nada That’s nothing whatsoever to do with me.
know what’s what
to be able to tell what is important saber de qué va la cosa You need to know what’s what in this job.
what about?
used in asking whether the listener would like (to do) something qué tal, y si, qué te/os/… parece What about a glass of milk? What about going to the cinema?
used in asking for news or advice qué tal, y What about your new book? What about the other problem?
what … for
why(?) por qué, para qué What did he do that for?
for what purpose(?) para qué What is this switch for?
what have you
and similar things; and so on y tal There were clothes, books and what have you lying scattered about the room..
what if?
what will or would happen if …? ¿y si…? What if he comes back?
what … like?
used when asking for information about someone or something cómo ’What does it look like?’ ’It’s small and square.’ ’What’s her mother like?’ ’Oh, she’s quite nice.’ We may go – it depends (on) what the weather’s like.
what of it?
used in replying, to suggest that what has been done, said etc is not important ¿y qué? ’You’ve offended him.’ ’What of it?’
what with
because of entre… y, con lo de… y… What with taking no exercise and being too fat, it’s no surprise that he had a heart attack.
(Definition of what from the Password English-Spanish Dictionary © 2013 K Dictionaries Ltd)
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