when


when
when [hwen, wen]
adv.
[ME whenne < OE hwænne, akin to Ger wann, when, wenn, if, akin to hwa, who: see WHAT]
1.
a) at what time? [when did they leave? he asked when he should go]
b) on what occasion or under what circumstances? [when do you double the final consonant?]
c) at what point? [when shall I stop pouring?]
2. at an earlier time and under different, often less favorable, circumstances [I knew him when]: Used interrogatively and in indirect questions
conj.
1.
a) at what time or point [they told us when to eat]
b) at the time that [when we were at college]
2. at which [a time when people must speak out]
3. as soon as [the runners started when the gun went off]
4. at whatever time; whenever [she smiles when you praise her]
5. although; while on the contrary [to complain when there's no reason to do so]
6. if; considering the fact that [how can he help when they won't let him?]
pron.
1. what time [until when will you stay?]
2. which time [we came a week ago, since when we've been very busy]
n.
the time or moment (of an event) [the when and where of his arrest]

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