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Definition of "what" []

  • Which thing or which particular one of many: What are you having for dinner? What did she say? (pronoun)
  • Which kind, character, or designation: What are these objects? (pronoun)
  • One of how much value or significance: What are possessions to a dying man? (pronoun)
  • That which; the thing that: Listen to what I tell you. (pronoun)
  • Whatever thing that: come what may. (pronoun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "what" in a sentence
  • "To find out what will, NFL teams have to take a broader view of those people's lives and consider what problems and needs they might have or, as Professor Christensen thinks of it, “what jobs these people have to do that could be fulfilled by going to see a football game."
  • ""'If we were to return them, what are your intentions, what  would you do with them?'""
  • "The problem, of course -- and what keeps things complicated and interesting -- is that it can be tough to suss out exactly *what* behaviors are being taxed or subsidized."