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what

  

Usually pronounced [PH:h][PH:w][PH:A][PH:t] for meanings 2, 4 and 5.     
1       quest   You use what in questions when you ask for specific information about something that you do not know.  
What do you want?..., `Has something happened?'<emdash>`Indeed it has.'<emdash>`What?'..., Hey! What are you doing?     
      What is also a determiner., det  
What time is it?..., `The heater works.'<emdash10003`What heater?'..., What kind of poetry does he like?     
2       conj   You use what after certain words, especially verbs and adjectives, when you are referring to a situation that is unknown or has not been specified.  
You can imagine what it would be like driving a car into a brick wall at 30 miles an hour..., I want to know what happened to Norman..., Do you know what those idiots have done?..., We had never seen anything like it before and could not see what to do next..., She turned scarlet from embarrassment, once she realized what she had done.     
      What is also a determiner., det  
I didn't know what college I wanted to go to..., I didn't know what else to say., ...an inspection to ascertain to what extent colleges are responding to the needs of industry.     
3       conj   You use what at the beginning of a clause in structures where you are changing the order of the information to give special emphasis to something.,   (emphasis)    What precisely triggered off yesterday's riot is still unclear..., What I wanted, more than anything, was a few days' rest...     
4       conj   You use what in expressions such as what is called and what amounts to when you are giving a description of something.  
She had been in what doctors described as an irreversible vegetative state for five years...     
5       conj   You use what to indicate that you are talking about the whole of an amount that is available to you.  
He drinks what is left in his glass as if it were water...     
      What is also a determiner., det   (=whatever)  
They had had to use what money they had.     
6       convention   You say `What?' to tell someone who has indicated that they want to speak to you that you have heard them and are inviting them to continue.  
SPOKEN, formulae   `Dad?'<emdash>`What?'<emdash>`Can I have the car tonight?'     
7       convention   You say `What?' when you ask someone to repeat the thing that they have just said because you did not hear or understand it properly. `What?' is more informal and less polite than expressions such as `Pardon?' and `Excuse me?'.  
SPOKEN, formulae   `They could paint this place,' she said. `What?' he asked.     
8       convention   You say `What' to express surprise.,   (feelings)    `Adolphus Kelling, I arrest you on a charge of trafficking in narcotics.'<emdash>`What?'     
9       predet   You use what in exclamations to emphasize an opinion or reaction.,   (emphasis)    What a horrible thing to do..., What a busy day.     
      What is also a determiner., det  
What ugly things; throw them away, throw them away..., What great news, Jakki.     
10       adv   You use what to indicate that you are making a guess about something such as an amount or value.  
ADV n  
It's, what, eleven years or more since he's seen him...     
11    You say guess what or do you know what to introduce a piece of information which is surprising, which is not generally known, or which you want to emphasize.  
guess what/do you know what      convention  
Guess what? I'm going to dinner at Mrs. Combley's tonight...     
12    In conversation, you say or what? after a question as a way of stating an opinion forcefully and showing that you expect other people to agree.  
or what      phrase   cl PHR     (emphasis)    Look at that moon. Is that beautiful or what?..., Am I wasting my time here, or what?     
13    You say so what? or what of it? to indicate that the previous remark seems unimportant, uninteresting, or irrelevant to you.  
so what, what of it      convention  
  (feelings)   
(=so)  
`I skipped off school today,'<emdash10001`So what? What's so special about that?'..., `You're talking to yourself.'<emdash>`Well, what of it?'     
14    You say `Tell you what' to introduce a suggestion or offer.  
tell you what      phrase   PHR cl  
Tell you what, let's stay here another day.     
15    You use what about at the beginning of a question when you make a suggestion, offer, or request.  
what about      phrase   PHR n/-ing  
What about going out with me tomorrow?...     
16    You use what about or what of when you introduce a new topic or a point which seems relevant to a previous remark.  
what about/of      phrase   PHR group/cl  
Now you've talked about work on daffodils, what about other commercially important flowers, like roses?...     
17    You say what about a particular person or thing when you ask someone to explain why they have asked you about that person or thing.  
what about      phrase   PHR n  
`This thing with the Corbett woman.'<emdash>`Oh, yeah. What about her?'     
18    You say what have you at the end of a list in order to refer generally to other things of the same kind.  
what have you      phrase   n PHR, n and/or PHR     (vagueness)    So many things are unsafe these days<endash10001milk, cranberry sauce, what have you..., My great-grandfather made horseshoes and nails and what have you.     
19    You say what if at the beginning of a question when you ask about the consequences of something happening, especially something undesirable.  
what if      phrase   PHR cl  
What if this doesn't work out?...     
20    If you know what's what, you know the important things that need to be known about a situation.  
what's what      phrase   PHR after v  
You have to know what's what and when to draw the line..., You should come across the river with us. Then you will really see what's what.     
21   
    what's more  
    more  


what's     
What's is the usual spoken form of `what is' or `what has', especially when `has' is an auxiliary verb.  
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
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exp.
means "that's just the way it is"
c'est comme ça, point barre
exp.
expression used to encourage someone to say what is on their mind, what is bothering them
n.
Materialistic concept neonewtonist. In its measures, this variation of length of traveled route (by unit of time) by a group of photons ( φ is the initial of photons) - the light signal - is equal to what is collectively called " radial velocity". It distinguishes itself from it in its gnoseology.
Phys. Concept before 2007 The redshift indicates the phi-speed of a star. But do not give the immediate knowledge of its absolute speed.
exp.
act in accordance with what is set verbally; apply what one's preaching for; double words by action;
often used in combination with "talk the talk".
n.
an ambitious woman who thinks her career really matters more than many things and is not willing to compromise on it
n.
means a liquid is not clear: this tea's got bits in it, I don't like yogurt with bits in it
assez proche de l'idée de 'il y a à boire et à manger'
exp.
expression meaning that someone who is not happy tends to find comfort in seeing others unhappy too
v.
take a decision based on one's subjective conclusions, when objective evidence is not available
exp.
to become very upset about something, usually something that is not important
Other expression: to get your knickers in a knot
exp.
a humorous way of saying that something is not needed at all
[Hum.];[Iron.]
n.
A moulding commonly used in framing oil paintings. The liner is fixed inside the frame and appears between the image and the outer frame. Generally made out of wood or some other hard material, the liner may have fabric glued down to it. Liners are to canvases what a mat/mount is to a print on paper
[Artwork framing] Polystyrene or wood liner. Fabric-covered liner. Linen liner. Gold liner.
n.
in American English, 'dirt' is what British people call 'soil' ('put some dirt in a plant pot'). In British English, dirt has the connotation of being dirty ('you've got some dirt on your shoe')
exp.
non, pas encore
exp.
absolutely not; not in this lifetime
Slang expression used mostly in 19th century
exp.
not an easy task
exp.
a humorous way of saying that someone doesn't like or love the speaker.
[Hum.] E.g.: You've seen the way she treated me last time we met. It's clear: she loves me not.
id.
expression referring to the belief that those who hold the power are entitled to anything
adj.
the decision is yours
exp.
not right; out of order; not functioning properly
v.
A culture of internet only jobs has coined the phrase Wirk. Wirk simply means Internet Work. Internet work is defined by job opportunities that did not exist before the rise of the internet and furthermore the work is likely to be carried out over the internet and payment received for work undertaken via the internet. Wirk describes both full time and part time internet work. Because of the nature of Wirk and the ability for anyone that has internet connection to earn money from Wirk, it is currently more likely to be a part time occupation than full time. Paid Online Questionnaires, Content Writing, Search Marketing are all examples of Wirk.
This is a term rising in popularity
adj.
(about persons) not to be trusted; dangerous
exp.
be/not be interested in getting married and having a family
exp.
something is easy to do
exp.
It is healthy to laugh
[US]
v.
not to include something
I want to try a diet that excludes dairy products.

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