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why


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Why  \Why\,  n. 
  A  young  heifer.  [Prov.  Eng.]  --Grose. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Why  \Why\,  adv  [OE.  whi,  why,  AS  hw[=i],  hw?,  instrumental 
  case  of  hw[=a],  hw[ae]t;  akin  to  Icel.  hv[=i]  why,  Dan.  &  Sw 
  hvi;  cf  Goth.  hw?.  ?.  See  {Who}.] 
  1.  For  what  cause  reason,  or  purpose;  on  what  account; 
  wherefore;  --  used  interrogatively.  See  the  Note  under 
  {What},  pron.,  1. 
 
  Turn  ye  turn  ye  from  your  evil  ways;  for  why  will 
  ye  die,  O  house  of  Israel?  --Ezek. 
  xxxiii  11. 
 
  2.  For  which  on  account  of  which  --  used  relatively. 
 
  No  ground  of  enmity  between  us  known  Why  he  should 
  mean  me  ill  or  seek  to  harm.  --Milton. 
 
  Turn  the  discourse;  I  have  a  reason  why  I  would  not 
  have  you  speak  so  tenderly.  --Dryden. 
 
  3.  The  reason  or  cause  for  which  that  on  account  of  which 
  on  what  account;  as  I  know  not  why  he  left  town  so 
  suddenly;  --  used  as  a  compound  relative. 
 
  Note:  Why  is  sometimes  used  as  an  interjection  or  an 
  expletive  in  expression  of  surprise  or  content  at  a 
  turn  of  affairs;  used  also  in  calling.  ``Why, 
  Jessica!''  --Shak. 
 
  If  her  chill  heart  I  can  not  move  Why,  I'll 
  enjoy  the  very  love.  --Cowley. 
  Sometimes  also  it  is  used  as  a  noun 
 
  The  how  and  the  why  and  the  where  --Goldsmith. 
 
  {For  why},  because  why.  See  {Forwhy}.  [Obs.  or  Colloq.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  why 
  n  :  the  cause  or  intention  underlying  an  action  or  situation  esp 
  in  the  phrase  "the  whys  and  wherefores"  [syn:  {wherefore}] 
  adv  :  question  word  what  is  the  reason;  "why  are  you  here?"; 
  (`how  come'  is  a  nonstandard  variant  as  in  "how  come  he 
  got  an  ice  cream  cone  but  I  didn't?")  [syn:  {how  come}] 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Why,  AZ 
  Zip  code(s):  85321 




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