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Meaning of “why” - Learner’s Dictionary

why

adverb     /waɪ/
A1 used to ask or talk about the reasons for something: Why didn't you call me? I wonder why he didn't come. So that's the reason why he asked her!Question words and expressions
Why don't you?/Why not do sth? A2 used to make a suggestion: Why don't you come with us? Why not give it a try?Suggestions and proposals
why not? informal B1 used to agree with something that someone has suggested: "Let's have an ice cream." "Yes, why not?"Question words and expressions
Translations of “why”
in Arabic لِماذا…
in Korean 왜…
in Malaysian mengapa…
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 Vietnamese tại sao…
in Spanish por qué…
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 Indonesian mengapa…
in Chinese (Simplified) 为什么…
(Definition of why from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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