- There is defined as in or at that place.
An example of there is where that bookcase is located.
there definition by Webster's New World
- at or in that place: often used as an intensive [Mary there is a good player]: in dialectal or nonstandard use, often placed between a demonstrative pronoun and the noun it modifies [that there hog]
- toward, to, or into that place; thither: go there
- at that point in action, speech, discussion, etc.; then: there I paused
- in that matter, respect, etc.; as to that: there you are wrong
- at the moment; right now: there goes the whistle
Origin: Middle English ther, there, where ; from Old English ther, thær, there, where ; from Indo-European an unverified form tor-, an unverified form ter-, there ; from an unverified form to-, an unverified form tā-, demonstrative base from source that, then
- used to express defiance, dismay, satisfaction, etc.: there, I've done it anyway!
- used to express sympathy, concern, etc. when repeated: there, there! everything will be OK
there definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- At or in that place: sit over there.
- To, into, or toward that place: wouldn't go there again.
- At that stage, moment, or point: Stop there before you make any more mistakes.
- In that matter: I can't agree with him there.
- In a readily accesible or discoverable state: The answer is out there. All we have to do is look for it.
- Used to introduce a clause or sentence: There are numerous items. There must be another exit.
- Used to indicate an unspecified person in direct address: Hello there.
- Used especially for emphasis after the demonstrative pronoun that or those, or after a noun modified by the demonstrative adjective that or those: That person there ought to know the directions to town.
- Nonstandard Used for emphasis between a demonstrative adjective meaning “that” or “those” and a noun: No one is sitting at that there table. Them there beans ought to be picked.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English thǣr, thēr; see to- in Indo-European roots.Usage Note: The standard rule states that when the pronoun there precedes a verb such as be, seem, or appear, the verb agrees in number with the following grammatical subject: There is a great Italian deli across the street. There are fabulous wildflowers in the hills. There seems to be a blueberry pie cooking in the kitchen. There seem to be a few trees between the green and me. Nonetheless, it is common in speech for the contraction there's to be used when technically a plural verb is called for, as in There's a couple of good reasons for going. The Usage Panel dislikes this construction, however. Seventy-nine percent reject the sentence There's only three things you need to know about this book. But when there's is followed by a compound subject whose first element is singular, the Panel feels differently: 56 percent accept the sentence In each of us there's a dreamer and a realist, and an additional 32 percent accept it in informal usage. The Panel is even more accepting of the sentence When you get to the stop light, there's a gas station on the left and a grocery store on the right; 58 percent accept it in formal use, while an additional 37 percent accept it in informal use. Although this usage would seem to violate the rules of subject and verb agreement, the attraction of the verb to the singular noun phrase following it is so strong that it is difficult to avoid the construction entirely. • There may be used as an intensive adjective when placed after a noun preceded by that, but it is considered nonstandard to place there between that and the noun. Thus that there dress is not an acceptable substitute for that dress there. This here is similarly considered nonstandard.
there - Phrases/Idioms
(not) all there