Complete Definition of "why"

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rank|call|speak|land|356|why|women|cried|general

Etymology
ME. < OE. hwy|hwȳ.

Pronunciation
AHD|wÄ«, IPA|/waɪ/, SAMPA|/waI/ or AHD|hwÄ«, IPA|/Êaɪ/, SAMPA|/WaI?/
audio|en-us-why.ogg|Audio (US)
:rhymes|aɪ

Homophones
w:Wye|Wye (in accents with the wine-whine merger)
Y, y (in accents with the wine-whine merger)

Adverb
en-adv|-

  1. For what reason.

#:Why did you do that?

Synonyms
how come

Translations
trans-top|for what reason
Arabic: Arab|ÙÙاذا (limÄðÄ)
:Egyptian: Arab|ÙÙÙ (lÄ«h)
:Levantine: Arab|ÙÙØ´ (lÄ«Å¡)
Alabama: sáhmi
Bengali: à¦à§à¦¨ (kyano)
Bikol: ta-no ta
Bosnian: zašto
Breton: perak
Bulgarian: заÑо (zaÅ¡tó)
Catalan: per què
Cebuano: ngano
Cherokee: á¦áá (gadono)
Chickasaw: katimi ta
Chinese:
:Cantonese: é»è§£ (dímgáai), çºä¹ (wạimÄt)
:Mandarin: ç²ä»éº½ (wèishénmo), 为ä»ä¹ (wèishénme)
Croatian: zašto
Czech: proÄ
Danish: hvorfor
Dutch: waarom
Esperanto: kial
Estonian: miks
Finnish: miksi
French: pourquoi
Frisian: wêrom
German: warum, wieso, weshalb, weswegen
Greek: γιαÏί (yatí), διαÏί (ðiatí) (rare<!-- : means only "why"-->), για Ïοιο λÏγο (ya pço lógo)<!-- (means "for what reason" and it's used a lot)-->
Hebrew: ××× (láma)
Hiligaynon: ngaa
Hindi: à¤à¥à¤¯à¥à¤ (kyoá¹), à¤à¥à¤¯à¥à¤ (kyÅ«á¹)
Hungarian: miért
Ibanag: ngatta
Icelandic: af hverju, hví italbrac|dated
Ido: pro quo
Ilocano: apay
Indonesian: mengapa, kenapa
Italian: perché
trans-mid
Japanese: ä½æ (ãªã, naze), ãªã㧠(nande), ã©ãã㦠(dÅshite)
Kapampangan: obakit, bakit, obat, ot
Korean: ì (wae)
Kurdish: KUchar|بÛ, KUchar|ÙÙâبÙâر ÚÛ
Latin: cur
Malay: mengapa, kenapa
Neapolitan: pecché
Norwegian: hvorfor
Pangasinan: akin
Persian: fa-Arab|Úرا (ÄerÄ)
Pitjantjatjara: nyaaku
Polish: dlaczego, czemu
Portuguese: por que
Romanian: de ce, pentru ce
Russian: поÑÐµÐ¼Ñ (poÄemú)
Scottish Gaelic: carson
Serbian:
:Cyrillic: заÑÑо
:Roman: zašto
Slovak: preÄo
Slovene: zakaj
Spanish: por qué
Swedish: varför
Tagalog: bakit
Tausug: mayta'
Telugu: à°à°à°¦à±à°à± (emduku)
Urdu: ur-Arab|Ú©ÛÙÚº (kyÅ«á¹) / (kyoá¹)
Vietnamese: sao, vì sao, tại sao
Waray-Waray: kay-ano
Welsh: paham
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Conjunction
en-conj

  1. The reason that.

#:I donât know why he did that.

Translations
trans-top|the reason that
Bosnian: zašto
Catalan: perquè
Croatian: zašto
Dutch: waarom, waarvoor (slang; wrong grammar used)
Finnish: miksi
French: pourquoi
German: warum
Greek: γιαÏί (yatí), διαÏί (ðiatí) (obsolete), για Ïοιο λÏγο (ya pço lógo), διά Ïοίον λÏγον (ðiá píon lógon) (obsolete)
Hebrew: ××× (láma); ××××¢ (maduâa)
Hungarian: miért
Icelandic: af hverju
Italian: perché
trans-mid
Japanese: å¦ä½ã㦠(ã©ããã¦, doshite)
Kurdish KUchar|بÛ, KUchar|ÙÙâبÙâر ÚÛ
Latin: quid#Latin|quid
Norwegian: hvorfor
Polish: czemu, dlaczego
Portuguese: porque
Russian: поÑÐµÐ¼Ñ (poÄemú)
Serbian:
:Cyrillic: заÑÑо
:Roman: zašto
Slovene: zakaj
Spanish: por que, por lo que
Swedish: varför
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Noun
en-noun

  1. The reason.

#:A good article will cover the who, the what, the when, the where, the why and the how.

Synonyms
wherefore

Translations
trans-top|the reason
Bulgarian: пÑиÑина (priÄína) f
Catalan: perquè
Dutch: waarom n
Greek: γιαÏί (yatí) n, διαÏί (ðiatí) (rare) n
Indonesian: mengapa, kenapa
Hebrew: ××× (láma); ××××¢ (maduâa)
Hungarian: miért
Icelandic: ástæða
Italian: perché
trans-mid
Japanese: ä½æ (ãªã, naze), ã©ãã㦠(dÅshite)
Neapolitan: pecché
Norwegian: derfor
Polish: powód
Portuguese: porquê
Romanian: pentru ce
Russian: пÑиÑина (priÄína) f
Spanish: porqué m
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Interjection
en-intj

  1. Exclamation of surprise.

#:Why, I think it would work fine!

Translations
trans-top|exclamation of surprise
Bulgarian: ей, Ñей
Dutch: wel, nou
Icelandic: nú
trans-mid
Norwegian: hvorfor
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Related terms
because

Category:200 English basic words

ar:why
el:why
fa:why
fr:why
ko:why
io:why
it:why
kk:why
la:why
hu:why
ja:why
pl:why
ru:why
simple:why
fi:why
sv:why
ta:why
te:why
vi:why
tr:why
uk:why
zh:why

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