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Definition of What

  • As an interrogative pronoun, used in asking questions regarding either persons or things; as, what is this? what did you say? what poem is this? what child is lost?
  • As an exclamatory word: Used absolutely or independently; -- often with a question following.
  • Used adjectively, meaning how remarkable, or how great; as, what folly! what eloquence! what courage!
  • Sometimes prefixed to adjectives in an adverbial sense, as nearly equivalent to how; as, what happy boys!
  • As a relative pronoun
  • Used substantively with the antecedent suppressed, equivalent to that which, or thosepersonswho, or thosethingswhich; -- called a compound relative.
  • Used adjectively, equivalent to the . . . which; the sort or kind of . . . which; rarely, the . . . on, or at which.
  • Used adverbially in a sense corresponding to the adjectival use; as, he picked what good fruit he saw.
  • Whatever; whatsoever; what thing soever; -- used indefinitely.
  • Used adverbially, in part; partly; somewhat; -- with a following preposition, especially, with, and commonly with repetition.

How to use what in a sentence. What pronunciation.

What think thee has happened?
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I could not hear what was said.
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But I said coldly, and with what was near to anger, that he should link his name and fate with that of Luke Claridge: "Which of ye two goes first is God's will, and according to His wisdom.
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That is what his father was, the last Earl, and that is what he is who left my door but now.
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Ah, David, what with the flute and the pen, banishment was no pain to thee! .
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What think thee of them now?
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When I asked Soolsby how it came he had been rumoured dead, he said that he himself had been the cause of it; but for what purpose he would not say, save that he was going a long voyage, and had made up his mind to return no more.
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Now what more to be set down?
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David had been long enough in Egypt to know what sort of toiling it was.
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Let's show 'em what business means.
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After five years I left, with a bald head at twenty-nine, and a little book of noble thoughts-Tips for the Tired, or Things you can say To-day on what you can do to-morrow.
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And that's just what isn't done here.
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As he walked up the room he suddenly realised this fact, and, for a moment, he thought he had made a mistake; but again he remembered distinctly that the letter said half-past eight, and he wondered now if this had been arranged by the Prince-for what purpose?
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What his object was in summoning David for an hour when all the court and all the official Europeans should be already present, remained to be seen.
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He was now set to see what sort of match this intellect could play, when faced by the inherent contradictions present in all truths or the solutions of all problems.
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What Joseph the Israelite did, thou canst do; for I am no more unjust than was that Rameses whom Joseph served.
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What Kaid had long foreshadowed seemed at hand: the coming of a European counsellor and confidant.
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Into Nahoum's mind there flashed the words of an Arab teacher, "There is no refuge from God but God Himself," and he found himself blindly wondering, even as he felt Kaid's hand upon his beard and listened to the honeyed words, what manner of death was now preparing for him, and what death of his own contriving should intervene.
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What he knew Kaid did not know.
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All that he saw was as unlike what he had known in past years as though he had come to Mars or Jupiter.
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Examples of What

Example #1
He followed to London the lass kissed by thee, and besought her to return and marry him.
Example #2
Thee remembers the man Kimber smitten by thee at the public-house on that day?
Example #3
At last, a figure came from the door and went quickly down the hillside.
Example #4
Yet there the voices sounded, one sharp and peevish with anger, the other low and rough.
Example #5
For we are the last, Davy, the last of the Claridges.
Example #6
Yet his blue eyes looked kindly at me, and now he began to nod pleasantly.