whereabouts


whereabouts
(Pronounced [[t](h)we͟ərəbaʊts[/t]] for meaning 1, and [[t](h)we͟ərəba͟ʊts[/t]] for meanings 2 and 3.)
1) N-SING-COLL: with poss If you refer to the whereabouts of a particular person or thing, you mean the place where that person or thing may be found.

The police are anxious to hear from anyone who may know the whereabouts of the firearms...

Once he knew his father's name, finding his whereabouts proved surprisingly easy.

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2) QUEST You use whereabouts in questions when you are asking precisely where something is.

Whereabouts in Liverpool are you from?...

Whereabouts are you living?...

`I actually live near Chester.' - `Whereabouts?'

3) CONJ-SUBORD You use whereabouts after certain words, especially verbs and adjectives, to introduce a clause in which you mention precisely where something is situated or happens.

I live in a village near to Germaine Greer and know whereabouts she lives.


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  • whereabouts — (adv.) in what place, mid 15c., from WHEREABOUT (Cf. whereabout) + adverbial gen. S (Cf. s). The noun is recorded from 1795 …   Etymology dictionary

  • whereabouts — ► ADVERB ▪ where or approximately where? ► NOUN (treated as sing. or pl. ) ▪ the place where someone or something is …   English terms dictionary

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  • whereabouts — where|a|bouts1 [ˌweərəˈbauts US ˈwerəbauts] adv spoken used to ask in what general area something or someone is ▪ Whereabouts do you live? whereabouts 2 where|a|bouts2 [ˈweərəbauts US ˈwer ] n [plural] the place or area where someone or something …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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