here[hir; often hēr]
- Here means in this place.
An example of here is where one is right now.
- Here is defined as a way to express comfort, draw attention or announce presence.
- An example of here is "Here, let me help you."
- An example of here is the word used by students to respond when the teacher does morning attendance.
- at or in this place: often used as an intensive [John here is a good player]: in dialectal or nonstandard use, often placed between a demonstrative pronoun and the noun it modifies [this here man ]
- toward, to, or into this place; hither: come here
- at this point in an action, speech, discussion, etc.; now: here the judge interrupted
- on earth; in earthly life
Origin of hereMiddle English ; from Old English her; akin to German hier ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ko-, an unverified form ke-, this one from source he, her, Classical Latin cis, Old Irish ce
- used to call attention, answer a roll call, etc.
- used to express indignation, remonstrance, etc., esp. when repeated
here and there
neither here nor there
the here and now
- At or in this place: Stop here for a rest.
- At this time; now: We'll adjourn the meeting here and discuss remaining issues after lunch.
- At or on this point, detail, or item: Here I must disagree.
- In the present life or condition.
- To this place; hither: Come here, please.
- Used especially for emphasis after the demonstrative pronoun this or these, or after a noun modified by the demonstrative adjective this or these: This tire here is flat.
- Nonstandard Used for emphasis between the demonstrative adjective this or these and a noun: This here tire is flat.
- This place: “It would be difficult from here, with the certainty of armed gunmen inside, to bring him out alive” (Howard Kaplan).
- The present time or state: We are living in the here and can only speculate about the hereafter.
Origin of hereMiddle English, from Old English hēr; see ko- in Indo-European roots.
- (location) In, on, or at this place.
- I'm here!
- (location) To this place; used in place of the more dated hither.
- Please come here.
- (abstract) In this context.
- Derivatives can refer to anything that is derived from something else, but here they refer specifically to functions that give the slope of the tangent line to a curve.
- At this point in the argument or narration.
- Here endeth the lesson.
(comparative more here, superlative most here)
- Filler after a noun or demonstrative pronoun, solely for emphasis.
- John here is a rascal.
- Filler after a demonstrative pronoun but before the noun it modifies, solely for emphasis.
- This here orange is too sour.
- (UK, slang) Used for emphasis at the beginning of a sentence when expressing an opinion or want.
- Here, I'm tired and I want a drink.
From Middle English here, from Old English hēr (“in this place”), from Proto-Germanic *hē₂r, from Proto-Indo-European *ki- (“this”) + adverbial suffix *-r. Cognate with the English pronoun he, German hier, Dutch hier, her, Icelandic hér, Faroese, Norwegian, Danish her, Swedish här.
From Old Scots heir, from Middle English here, heere (“army”), from Old English here (“army”), from Proto-Germanic *harjaz (“army”), from Proto-Indo-European *kory- (“war, troops”). Cognate with Old Saxon heri (“army”), Dutch heer, heir, Old High German heri, hari (German Heer, “army”), Danish hær (“army”), Gothic (harjis, “army”). More at harry.