Which definition

wĭch, hwĭch
What particular one or ones of a number of things or people.

Which part of town do you mean?

adjective
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Any one or any number of; whichever.

Use which door you please.

adjective
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Any of the things, events, or people designated or implied; whichever.

Choose which you like best.

pronoun
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Being the one or ones previously mentioned or implied.

It started to rain, at which point we ran.

adjective
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A thing or fact that.

You are late—which reminds me, where were you yesterday?

pronoun
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What one or ones (of the number mentioned or implied)

Which man (or men) answered? which books did he choose?

adjective
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The one or ones previously mentioned or implied, specifically:
  • Used as a relative pronoun in a clause that provides additional information about the antecedent.
    My house, which is small and old.
  • Used as a relative pronoun preceded by that or a preposition in a clause that defines or restricts the antecedent.
    That which he needed; the subject on which she spoke.
  • Used instead of that as a relative pronoun in a clause that defines or restricts the antecedent.
    The movie which was shown later was better.
pronoun
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What one (or ones) of the number of persons, things, or events mentioned or implied?

Which of the men answered? which do you want?

pronoun
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A thing or circumstance that.

He left early, which was wise.

pronoun
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The definition of which is what one(s) of those mentioned.

An example of which is what book or what shirt.

adjective
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Which is defined as identifying what one(s) out of a group.

An example of which is of a group of potential employees or of a selection of books.

pronoun
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The one (or ones) that.

He knows which he wants.

pronoun
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Either, or any, of the persons, things, or events previously mentioned or implied; whichever.

Take which you prefer.

pronoun
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What, of those mentioned or implied (used interrogatively).

Which song made the charts?

determiner
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(interrogative) What one or ones (of those mentioned or implied).

Which is bigger?; which is which?

determiner
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(relative) The one or ones that.

Show me which one is bigger; they couldn't decide which song to play.

determiner
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(relative) The one or ones mentioned.

For several seconds he sat in silence, during which time the tea and sandwiches arrived.

I'm thinking of getting a new car, in which case I'd get a red one.

determiner
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(now dialectal) Used of people (now generally who, whom or that).
determiner
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(relative) Who; whom; what (of those mentioned or implied).

He walked by a door with a sign, which read: PRIVATE OFFICE. Their first song, which made the charts in 2004, is great. We've met some problems, which are very difficult to handle. He had to leave, which was very difficult. We have to protect the environment in which we live. No art can be properly understood apart from the culture of which it is a part.

pronoun
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An occurrence of the word which.
noun
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That: used as a relative referring to the thing, group, or event specified in the antecedent word, phrase, or clause: which can be used in a restrictive clause [the war which had just ended, the class to which he spoke], in a restrictive clause preceded by the pronoun that [he sacrificed that which he valued most], in a nonrestrictive clause [my car, which is not running; my family, in which she found a warm welcome], or, archaically, of a person [Our Father, which art in heaven]
pronoun
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Whatever; no matter what.

Try which method he pleased, he could not succeed.

adjective
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Being the one just mentioned.

He is very old, which fact is important.

adjective
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What particular one or ones.

Which of these is yours?

pronoun
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
which
Plural:
whiches

Origin of which

  • Middle English from Old English hwilc kwo- in Indo-European roots

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

  • Old English hwilc, from Proto-Germanic *hwilīkaz, derived from *hwaz. Cognates include German welcher, Dutch welk and Old Norse hvílíkr.

    From Wiktionary