- in or at that place (opposed to here): She is there now.
- at that point in an action, speech, etc.: He stopped there for applause.
- in that matter, particular, or respect: His anger was justified there.
- into or to that place; thither: We went there last year.
- (used by way of calling attention to something or someone): There they go.
- in or at that place where you are: Well, hi there.
- (used to introduce a sentence or clause in which the verb comes before its subject or has no complement): There is no hope.
- that place: He comes from there, too.
- that point.
- that state or condition: I’ll introduce you to her, but you’re on your own from there on.
- (used for emphasis, especially after a noun modified by a demonstrative adjective): Ask that man there.
- (used to express satisfaction, relief, encouragement, approval, consolation, etc.): There! It’s done.
- been there, done that, Informal. (used to say that you have experienced or are familiar with something and now think it is boring or of little worth): A big house in the suburbs? Been there, done that.
- contraction of there is: There’s the hotel we were looking for.
- contraction of there has: There’s been entirely too much said on the subject.
- in, at, or to that place, point, case, or respectwe never go there; I’m afraid I disagree with you there
- used as a grammatical subject with some verbs, esp be, when the true subject is an indefinite or mass noun phrase following the verb as complementthere is a girl in that office; there doesn’t seem to be any water left
- (postpositive) who or which is in that place or positionthat boy there did it
- all there (predicative) having his or her wits about him or her; of normal intelligence
- so there an exclamation that usually follows a declaration of refusal or defianceyou can’t have any more, so there!
- there and then or then and there on the spot; immediately; instantly
- there it is that is the state of affairs
- there you are
- an expression used when handing a person something requested or desired
- an exclamation of triumphthere you are, I knew that would happen!
- that placenear there; from there
- an expression of sympathy, as in consoling a child
adv.Old English þær “in or at that place,” from Proto-Germanic *thær (cf. Old Saxon thar, Old Frisian ther, Middle Low German dar, Middle Dutch daer, Dutch daar, Old High German dar, German da, Gothic þar, Old Norse þar), from PIE *tar- “there” (cf. Sanskrit tar-hi “then”), from root *to- (see the) + adverbial suffix -r. Interjectional use is recorded from 1530s. To have been there “had previous experience of some activity” is recorded from 1877. In addition to the idioms beginning with there