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why



Pronunciation: (hwī, wī), [key]
adv., conj., n., pl. whys,
interj.


adv.
for what? for what reason, cause, or purpose?: Why did you behave so badly?

conj.
1. for what cause or reason: I don't know why he is leaving.
2. for which; on account of which (usually after reason to introduce a relative clause): the reason why he refused to go.
3. the reason for which: That is why he returned.

n.
1. a question concerning the cause or reason for which something is done, achieved, etc.: a child's unending hows and whys.
2. the cause or reason: the whys and wherefores of a troublesome situation.

interj.
(used as an expression of surprise, hesitation, etc., or sometimes a mere expletive): Why, it's all gone!

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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