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what

  
  (unstressed)  
      determiner  
1   
a    used with a noun in requesting further information about the identity or categorization of something  
what job does he do?     
b    (as pronoun)  
what is her address?     
c    (used in indirect questions)  
does he know what man did this?, tell me what he said     
2   
a    the (person, thing, persons, or things) that  
we photographed what animals we could see     
b    (as pronoun)  
bring me what you've written, come what may     
3    (intensifier; used in exclamations)  
what a good book!     
      adv  
4    in what respect? to what degree?  
what do you care?     
      pron  
5    Not standard   which, who, or that, when used as relative pronouns  
this is the man what I saw in the park yesterday     
6    what about   what do you think, know, feel, etc., concerning?  
7    what for  
a    for what purpose? why?  
b    Informal   a punishment or reprimand (esp. in the phrase give (a person) what for)  
8    what have you   someone, something, or somewhere unknown or unspecified  
cars, motorcycles, or what have you     
9    what if  
a    what would happen if?  
b    what difference would it make i?  
10    what matter   what does it matter?  
11    what's what         
Informal   the true or real state of affairs  
      interj  
12    Informal   don't you think? don't you agree?  
splendid party, what?     
     (Old English hwæt; related to Old Frisian whet, Old High German hwaz (German was), Old Norse hvatr)  
The use of are in sentences such as what we need are more doctors is common, although many people think is should be used: what we need is more doctors  
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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.
n.
buttocks of (adult) woman
Slang; refers to a person's "bottom," in American English. A bit more polite than "ass," less clinical than "buttocks."
exp.
what about you
Slang; written abbreviation
n.
what the fuck?
grossier
exp.
what the hell
Slang; written abbreviation
exp.
what's up
sms like writing, incorrect form in English
exp.
finalize smth. successfully / in a positive manner
E.g.: The negotiations were tough, but they ended on a high note
exp.
go to the extreme; do everything that could be done; exhaust all possibilities and resources
exp.
what`s up
Slang; casual greeting "Wazzup, my friend?"
exp.
When sth sounds too good to be true and not as good as it seems to be and you suspect that there is a hidden problem
exp.
means "that's just the way it is"
c'est comme ça, point barre
id.
expression used to point out that one will eventually face the consequences of his own actions
exp.
be negatively impacted by a situation, event.
E.g.: The building is being renovated, but for the moment people living there get the short end of the stick.
n.
at what times you climb for class today
[UK]
exp.
t'as pas compris, tu veux que je te fasses un dessin?
what part of "you can't come with us" don't you understand? what part of "NO" don't you understand?
exp.
something used to make someone do what you want
We can use the money as a bargaining chip in the negotiations.
n.
To delibaretly make someone feel frightened especially so that they will do what you want ; scared and follow directions of yours or what you want thing to be ...
exp.
expression used to encourage someone to say what is on their mind, what is bothering them
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.
person born at the end of the 90s ; persons starting their teen life of the beginning of the years 2000
n.
the end of an user’s Internet activity after his or her physical death
[Tech.]
n.
term used to reffer to a person that thinks the end of the world is near
exp.
used to point out that small problems or unpleasant events can in the end help things get better
n.
rules concerning what people are owed to or allowed of, according to ethical principles of freedom and applied in society
n.
something which controls what you do by keeping you within particular limits 制限[拘束、圧迫]する[される]こと、強制
Example: My parents don’t put any hard constraints on me. What I have to do is to do homework and go to sleep as early as possible. Other forms: constrain (verb)
n.
something that limits your freedom to so what you want.
I wish I could live without constrains because I want to have more time to do what I want.
adj.
always thinking of what other people want and being anxious not to disturb them
I want to be a considerate person who always help friends when they are in trouble.
n.
money that is paid because someone suffered from a loss of what they own (such as injury)
When you are responsible for someone's serious injury, I think you should pay compensation to that person.
exp.
expression used to encourage someone to share with you what's on his mind
conj.
albeit although, even if, even though, notwithstanding that, tho' (U.S. or poetic) though
Charles's letter was indeed published, albeit in a somewhat abbreviated form.

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