Definitions for: When


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



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.
3.

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.
Newman.

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
grounds.

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.

Synonyms: once

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