Definition of here in English:

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Pronunciation: /hir/


1In, at, or to this place or position: they have lived here most of their lives come here and let me look at them [after preposition]: I’m getting out of here it’s too hot in here
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  • I notice you have a little bit of a close community going on here where you live.
  • At the moment, there are some other women living here who are near her age to keep her company.
  • Beveridge once lived near here, where he would have seen all the ills he listed.
at/in this place, at/in this spot, at/in this location
to this place, to this spot, to this location, over here, nearer, closer
literary hither
1.1Used when pointing or gesturing to indicate the place in mind: sign here I have here a letter from the chief of police
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  • Go here to sign up for day by day emails that will give you ways to feel better about the world.
  • I have here an exam from the Basic 1401 Programming course.
  • I have here a very old letter, written to a Mrs. Bixby in Boston.
1.2Used to draw attention to someone or something that has just arrived: here’s my brother here comes the bus
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  • Close on the heels of the costliest ad ever made in India here comes an encore from the Siyaram stable.
  • Finally, here comes a film that is a joy, sheer joy, from the first frame, almost to the last.
  • This was no longer the myth of ‘here comes the person to rob the bank’.
1.3 [with infinitive] Used to indicate one’s role in a particular situation: I’m here to help you we’re not here to mess around
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  • I'm here to win a championship, and it's a great plus to be with coach Mike Martz.
  • I know why you're here. You're here to revel in rock bottom for the Notre Dame football team.
  • I’m from the Government. I’m here to help.
1.4Used to refer to existence in the world in general: what are we all doing here?
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  • An infinitely happy life is not a life without difficulties here in our finite existence.
  • What is life really about? Why are we here? How did life begin? Was it really random? Or was there a purpose behind it?
  • You cannot answer that question simply by asking why does God allow sin, without asking why are we here - what is our mission in life, why did God put us here in the first place.
2 (usually here is/are) Used when introducing something or someone: here’s a dish that is simple and quick to make here’s what you have to do
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  • There is a strong possibility that you may have heard this story before but here is how it goes anyway.
  • Our thanks to Ernie Evans for this story and here is a picture of his grandfather with a new Skippy!
  • To make a long story short, here is the history of the royalty payments on that song.
2.1Used when giving something to someone: here’s the money I promised you here is my address
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  • Here is the money I saved. Please hand it to the American sailors injured.
  • And here is your lanyard, I replied, which I made with a little help from a counselor.
  • Here's some furniture for you - just needs some lovin'.
3Used when indicating a time, point, or situation that has arrived or is happening: here is your opportunity here comes summer here we encounter the main problem
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  • It looks like this is becoming a real trend and it finally feels like summer is here.
  • But when I read things like this, it becomes clear that the time when that can happen is not yet here.
  • Summer days are here again, and the winter woollies have finally been put in mothballs.
now, at this moment, at this point, at this point in time, at this juncture, at this stage


1Used to attract someone’s attention: here, let me hold it
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  • Here, hold this in your hand, right here, young fella, just like this.
  • Here, have a piece of my heart.
  • Here, have some laundry detergent!
2Indicating one’s presence in a roll call.
Example sentences
  • Then his face got all twisted up, and before he even uttered another word, I shouted here, and went to get my paper.
  • My count is now at 60 (counting the women who said ‘here’ and the women who've posted a new message since then).
  • The teacher would call out your name and you would then respond by saying, ‘Here.’



here and now

At this very moment; at the present time: we’re going to settle this here and now [as noun]: our obsession with the here and now
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  • His intention in doing the exercise was to become more present in the here and now, more active and energised and alive.
  • It is a preoccupation, keeping the individual from being totally present, in the here and now.
  • Most of us have no idea how to be present, just here and now, without thinking of the past or planning the future.

here and there

In various places: small bushes scattered here and there
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  • The sky is clear and blue, with a few odd clouds scattered here and there for effect.
  • All you need is a general anaesthetic and you get cut up and pumped up with silicone here and there.
  • Many individuals have put a family tree together and have come across a gap here and there.
in various places, in different places;
at random
back and forth, around, about, to and fro, hither and thither, in all directions

here goes

An expression indicating that one is about to start something difficult or exciting.
Example sentences
  • Things like this can be difficult to understand or explain, but here goes.
  • Yet, I hesitate to tell you the main plot because you'll think this exciting novel dull, but here goes.
  • I'm not one to hide how astoundingly stupid I can be, so here goes.

here's to someone/something

Used to wish health or success before drinking: here’s to us! here’s to your safe arrival
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  • We wish Jimmy and Jan many more years of health and happiness and here's to the fortieth, folks.
  • Whether you're on your way to work or working your way elsewhere, here's to your health, the smoothie way.
  • Good luck with your hunt for profit in pairs trading, and here's to your success in the markets.

here today, gone tomorrow

Soon over or forgotten; short-lived.
Example sentences
  • Look, I'm a fickle dame, here today, gone tomorrow.
  • I think we've moved beyond the idea that the Claymores are here today, gone tomorrow.
  • Recollecting all the bygone events I enjoyed with my father while he was alive, I feel again man's life is short, transitory and empty at the end - here today, gone tomorrow.

here we are

Said on arrival at one’s destination.
Example sentences
  • But here we are, through to the FA Cup quarter-finals and we've got a home draw for good measure.
  • So here we are at another election and none of it is very inspiring.
  • So here we are, surrounded by freshly plowed fields and yapping farm dogs in the distance.

here we go again

Said to indicate that the same events, typically undesirable ones, are recurring.
Example sentences
  • She wasn't drunk, they spiked her drinks and when we told the bouncers you could tell they were thinking here we go again, another one.
  • After the moderator asked if you were certain you could get a bank loan whenever you wanted, Cairns thought, ‘Oh my God, here we go again,’ and took yet another step forward.
  • Now, the problem is that when I first watched this show, I was thinking to myself, ‘Oh no, here we go again, another narcissistic reality show.’

neither here nor there

Of no importance or relevance.
Example sentences
  • Viewed in this light, the fact that the parties to Acton stipulated that the bargain should be confidential is neither here nor there as to its relevance.
  • The fact that if that's their best argument, they don't really have one is neither here nor there in the long run; the end result is that it helps their cause.
  • The fact is these players have fallen afoul of the system; which club they play for is neither here nor there.


Old English hēr, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German hier, also to he.

Words that rhyme with here

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