There Definition

At or in that place.
Webster's New World
Toward, to, or into that place; thither.
Go there.
Webster's New World
At that point in action, speech, discussion, etc.; then.
There I paused.
Webster's New World
In that matter, respect, etc.; as to that.
There you are wrong.
Webster's New World
At the moment; right now.
There goes the whistle.
Webster's New World
  • thither
  • in that respect
  • on that point
  • in that location
  • at that place
Used to introduce a clause or sentence.
There are numerous items. There must be another exit.
American Heritage
Used to indicate an unspecified person in direct address.
Hello there.
American Heritage

Used as an expletive subject of be in its sense of “exist", with the semantic, usually indefinite subject being postponed or (occasionally) implied.

There are two apples on the table. [=Two apples are on the table.]
There is no way to do it. [=No way to do it exists.]
Is there an answer? [=Does an answer exist?]
No, there isn't. [=No, one doesn't exist.]
Used with other intransitive verbs of existence, in the same sense, or with other intransitive verbs, adding a sense of existence.
If x is a positive number, then there exists [=there is] a positive number y less than x.
There remain several problems with this approach. [=Several problems remain with this approach.]
Once upon a time, in a now-forgotten kingdom, there lived a woodsman with his wife. [=There was a woodsman, who lived with his wife.]
There arose a great wind out of the east. [=There was now a great wind, arising in the east.]

(in combination with certain prepositions, no longer productive) That.

Therefor, thereat, thereunder.
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.
American Heritage
Used for emphasis between a demonstrative adjective meaning “that” or “those” and a noun.
American Heritage
That place or point.
We left there at six.
Webster's New World
That status; that position.
You get it ready; I'll take it from there.
Used to express defiance, dismay, satisfaction, etc.
There, I've done it anyway!
Webster's New World
Used to express sympathy, concern, etc. when repeated.
There, there! everything will be OK.
Webster's New World

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Origin of There

  • From Middle English there, ther, thare, thar, thore, from Old English þēr, þǣr, þār (“there; at that place"), from Proto-Germanic *þar (“at that place; there"), from Proto-Indo-European *tar- (“there"), from demonstrative pronominal base *to- (“the, that") + adverbial suffix *-r. Cognate with Scots thar, thair (“there"), North Frisian dear, deer, där (“there"), Saterland Frisian deer (“there"), West Frisian dêr (“there"), Dutch daar (“there"), Low German dar (“there"), German da, dar- (“there"), Danish der (“there"), Swedish där (“there"), Icelandic þar (“in that place, there").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English ther from Old English thǣr, thēr to- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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