what Meaning in the Cambridge Essential American Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of "what" in Essential American English Dictionary

what

pronoun, determiner   /hwʌt, hwɑt/
A1 used to ask for information about something: What’s (= what is) this? What time is it?
A1 informal used when you have not heard what someone has said and you want him or her to repeat it. Some people think this use is not polite: “Would you like more coffee, Tom?” “What?”
B1 used to mean something without giving it a name: I heard what he said. Do you know what I mean?
informal used to ask what someone wants when he or she calls your name: “Jenny?” “What?”
what about…? A2 used to suggest something: What about asking Andy to help?
what a/an… B1 used to give your opinion: What an awful day!
what if…? B1 used to ask about something that could happen in the future, especially something bad: What if I miss the plane?
what… for? used to ask about the reason or the purpose for something: What are these tools for? What are you doing that for?
(Definition of what from the Websters Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

carnival

(a special occasion or period of) public enjoyment and entertainment involving wearing unusual clothes, dancing, and eating and drinking, usually held in the streets of a city

Word of the Day

Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
by Liz Walter,
February 03, 2016
My previous post (My leg hurts: Talking about illness (1)) presented some general vocabulary to use at the doctor’s. This one looks at some more specific areas of illness and explains some useful words and phrases that you may need to use or understand on a visit to the doctor’s. There are several

Read More 

farecasting noun
farecasting noun
February 08, 2016
predicting the optimum date to buy a plane ticket, especially on a website or using an app A handful of new and updated websites and apps are trying to perfect the art of what’s known as farecasting – predicting the best date to buy a ticket.

Read More