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Meaning of WHEN

Pronunciation:  wen

WordNet Dictionary
[adv]  as soon as; "once we are home, we can rest"

WHEN is a 4 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: once



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\When\, adv. [OE. when, whan, whenne, whanne, AS.
hw[ae]nne, hwanne, hwonne; akin to OS. hwan, OD. wan, OHG.
wanne, G. wann when, wenn if, when, Goth. hwan when, and to
E. who. ????. See {Who}.]
1. At what time; -- used interrogatively.

         When shall these things be?           --Matt. xxiv.

Note: See the Note under {What}, pron., 1.

2. At what time; at, during, or after the time that; at or
   just after, the moment that; -- used relatively.

         Kings may Take their advantage when and how they
         list.                                 --Daniel.

         Book lore ne'er served, when trial came, Nor gifts,
         when faith was dead.                  --J. H.

3. While; whereas; although; -- used in the manner of a
   conjunction to introduce a dependent adverbial sentence or
   clause, having a causal, conditional, or adversative
   relation to the principal proposition; as, he chose to
   turn highwayman when he might have continued an honest
   man; he removed the tree when it was the best in the

4. Which time; then; -- used elliptically as a noun.

         I was adopted heir by his consent; Since when, his
         oath is broke.                        --Shak.

Note: When was formerly used as an exclamation of surprise or
      impatience, like what!

            Come hither; mend my ruff: Here, when! thou art
            such a tedious lady!               --J. Webster.

{When as}, {When that}, at the time that; when. [Obs.]

         When as sacred light began to dawn.   --Milton.

         When that mine eye is famished for a look. --Shak.