Who



what person or persons?:
Who did it?
(of a person) of what character, origin, position, importance, etc.:
Who does she think she is?
the person that or any person that (used relatively to represent a specified or implied antecedent):
It was who you thought.
(used relatively in restrictive and nonrestrictive clauses to represent a specified antecedent, the antecedent being a person or sometimes an animal or personified thing):
Any kid who wants to can learn to swim.
Archaic. the person or persons who.
as who should say, Archaic. in a manner of speaking; so to say.
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contraction of who is:
Who’s there?
contraction of who has: Who’s seen it?
pronoun
which person? what person? used in direct and indirect questions: he can’t remember who did it, who met you?
used to introduce relative clauses with antecedents referring to human beings: the people who lived here have left
the one or ones who; whoever: bring who you want
abbreviation
World Health Organization
contraction
who is
pron.

Old English hwa, from Proto-Germanic *khwas, *khwes, *khwo (cf. Old Saxon hwe, Danish hvo, Swedish vem, Old Frisian hwa, Dutch wie, Old High German hwer, German wer, Gothic hvo (fem.) “who”), from PIE *kwo- (cf. Sanskrit kah “who, which;” Avestan ko, Hittite kuish “who;” Latin quis/quid “in what respect, to what extent; how, why,” qua “where, which way,” qui/quae/quod “who, which;” Lithuanian kas “who;” Old Church Slavonic kuto, Russian kto “who;” Old Irish ce, Welsh pwy “who”).

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    to the same degree, amount, or extent; similarly; equally: I don’t think it’s as hot and humid today as it was yesterday. for example; for instance: Some flowers, as the rose, require special care. thought to be or considered to be: the square as distinct from the rectangle; the church as separate from the state. […]

  • As yet

    to the same degree, amount, or extent; similarly; equally: I don’t think it’s as hot and humid today as it was yesterday. for example; for instance: Some flowers, as the rose, require special care. thought to be or considered to be: the square as distinct from the rectangle; the church as separate from the state. […]



  • As whole

    comprising the full quantity, amount, extent, number, etc., without diminution or exception; entire, full, or total: He ate the whole pie. They ran the whole distance. containing all the elements properly belonging; complete: We have a whole set of antique china. undivided; in one piece: to swallow a thing whole. Mathematics. integral, or not fractional. […]

  • As you like it

    a comedy (1599?) by Shakespeare. A comedy by William Shakespeare. Most of the action takes place in the Forest of Arden, to which several members of a duke’s court have been banished. The speech “All the world’s a stage” is from As You Like It.



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