- 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.
- 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
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.
see under seen one, seen them all.
In addition to the idioms beginning with there
- there but for the grace of God go I
- all there
- get there
- hang in (there)
- here and there
- here, there, and everywhere
- in there pitching
- neither here nor there
- no smoke without (where there’s smoke there’s) fire
- nothing to it (there’s)
- somebody up there loves me
- take it from here (there)
- then and there
- where there’s a will
- while there’s life there’s hope