whom meaning, whom definition | English Cobuild dictionary




Whom is used in formal or written English instead of `who' when it is the object of a verb or preposition.     
1       quest   You use whom in questions when you ask about the name or identity of a person or group of people.   (=who)  
`I want to send a telegram.'<emdash10001`Fine, to whom?'..., Whom did he expect to answer his phone?...     
2       conj   You use whom after certain words, especially verbs and adjectives, to introduce a clause where you talk about the name or identity of a person or a group of people.   (=who)  
He asked whom I'd told about his having been away...     
3       pron   You use whom at the beginning of a relative clause when specifying the person or group of people you are talking about or when giving more information about them.  
oft prep PRON  
One writer in whom I had taken an interest was Immanuel Velikovsky...     
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See also:

who, whomever, whoa, wholemeal

! to whom God gives woman, it also gives patience n.
à qui Dieu donne femme, il donne aussi patience

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Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
c'est folie de tendre la main à qui veut se noyer
someone to whom everybody is turning when they need advice, help
relative to people who are attached but don't want to be too intimate with someone on whom they are dependent
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