Definition of here in English:

here

adverb

  • 1In, at, or to this place or position:

    ‘they have lived here most of their lives’
    ‘we leave here today’
    [after preposition] ‘I'm getting out of here’
    • ‘Beveridge once lived near here, where he would have seen all the ills he listed.’
    • ‘I feel like I might be coming down with a cold; one of my coworkers has a cold and is not here today.’
    • ‘It is easy to see how, living here, she can maintain what's most important to her: a grip on normality.’
    • ‘Today there are thousands of immigrants who live and work here driven underground.’
    • ‘In all the years he has lived here, he has never seen killer whales approach so close.’
    • ‘I inform him that I've been living here for over 9 years, and am coming back tonight.’
    • ‘What does it mean to you to be on pole position here at the French Grand Prix?’
    • ‘We drank a toast to friends and family, here and far away, and I thought about the people I was missing the most.’
    • ‘At the moment, there are some other women living here who are near her age to keep her company.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, there was general approval here this morning for the bird's bid for freedom.’
    • ‘I notice you have a little bit of a close community going on here where you live.’
    • ‘They settled in Brooklyn and all of the children were raised and other generations born here.’
    • ‘If you are very lucky, you may even be able to get hold of some tickets for one of the concerts or other live performances staged here.’
    • ‘Val Kilmer is here live to tell us all about his new movie and the roles that made him famous.’
    • ‘Soon there will be very few of us left as generations have to leave the city because they can't afford to live here anymore.’
    • ‘I didn't even live here in those days, and he sold land all around Australia by direct mail.’
    • ‘We have a saying here that donkeys in general do not hit their head twice at the same stone.’
    • ‘They also have the chair massage people here today, so I'm thinking of going for that.’
    • ‘It is for Australia, and for Australia alone, to decide who comes here and who lives here.’
    • ‘They moved to Wiltshire in 1957 to farm at Chitterne in the west of county and they have lived here ever since.’
    at this place, in this place, at this spot, in this spot, at this location, in this location
    to this place, to this spot, to this location, to here, over here, near, nearer, close, closer
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    1. 1.1 Used when gesturing to indicate the place intended:
      ‘sign here’
      • ‘Sign up here to receive email alerts when new music is made available for free download.’
      • ‘I have here a very old letter, written to a Mrs. Bixby in Boston.’
      • ‘The man at the desk made some notes a large piece of paper and turned it towards him. ‘Sign here on the line please.’’
      • ‘Go here to sign up for day by day emails that will give you ways to feel better about the world.’
      • ‘I have here an exam from the Basic 1401 Programming course.’
    2. 1.2 Used to draw attention to someone or something that has just arrived:
      ‘here's my brother’
      • ‘Close on the heels of the costliest ad ever made in India here comes an encore from the Siyaram stable.’
      • ‘Oh look, here comes Msr Le Pen with his harsh but fair views on policing and immigration.’
      • ‘Yes, the wave of the future is here my friends, and it's sure to bring on a new era of gaming for us all.’
      • ‘Finally, here comes a film that is a joy, sheer joy, from the first frame, almost to the last.’
      • ‘After some pretty hot days, here comes the rain pouring heavily in our part of the world.’
      • ‘Hooray, say some, here comes big capital to modernise the road and provide jobs and homes for the needy.’
      • ‘This was no longer the myth of ‘here comes the person to rob the bank’.’
      • ‘Instead I am here, in my English class, and here comes Evan waltzing in, now with his track jacket on.’
      • ‘Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, here comes the return of the shark movie.’
      • ‘After so much talk of football widows, here comes a story of how the World Cup brings a family together.’
      • ‘Times have changed, but here comes my hero Ronaldo, which has to be good news for all concerned.’
    3. 1.3[with infinitive] Used to indicate one's role in a particular situation:
      ‘I'm here to help you’
      • ‘We're here to do it better than anybody has ever done it before.’
      • ‘I know why you're here. You're here to revel in rock bottom for the Notre Dame football team.’
      • ‘I'm here to win a championship, and it's a great plus to be with coach Mike Martz.’
      • ‘I’m from the Government. I’m here to help.’
      • ‘Hang the police, we're here to rock!’
    4. 1.4 Used to refer to existence in the world in general:
      ‘what are we all doing here?’
      • ‘I can honestly say I probably would not be here today if it wasn't for her.’
      • ‘An infinitely happy life is not a life without difficulties here in our finite existence.’
      • ‘This is the thanks given to a generation whose efforts helped to win the war, and had they failed, none of us would be here today.’
      • ‘What is life really about? Why are we here? How did life begin? Was it really random? Or was there a purpose behind it?’
      • ‘You cannot answer that question simply by asking why does God allow sin, without asking why are we here - what is our mission in life, why did God put us here in the first place.’
  • 2usually here is/areUsed when introducing something or someone:

    ‘here's a dish that is quick to make’
    • ‘In his own words, here is the story of how Michael arrived at the track you can hear on this page.’
    • ‘Getting a good story relies in part on luck, but here is a checklist that might help when something happens near you.’
    • ‘So if you will entertain me a bit longer here is the rest of the story.’
    • ‘Little is wrote about him elsewhere so here is my small attempt to address the balance.’
    • ‘On to lighter things, here is a story of me and the purse snatcher at Town Hall Station.’
    • ‘If you haven't seen it yet, here is the first Fathers 4 Justice story of the year.’
    • ‘However, here are some general points to be borne in mind when planning the campaign.’
    • ‘To make a long story short, here is the history of the royalty payments on that song.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, here's some general advice on making the most of your newfound fortune.’
    • ‘Anyway, his list of observations could apply to so many situations, so here it is, cut and paste it now.’
    • ‘So here is my story in hopes that maybe someone reading this will understand that someone does care and that they are not alone.’
    • ‘Each one has certain markings and, so you can amaze your friends, here's how to decipher them.’
    • ‘Our thanks to Ernie Evans for this story and here is a picture of his grandfather with a new Skippy!’
    • ‘Following many recent comments in the Press about fireworks, here is what happened to my daughter.’
    • ‘So here is the ultimate Mexican egg dish, huevos rancheros, to spice up your weekend.’
    • ‘The real news is terrible right now, so here is a random science story from September 2001.’
    • ‘Thank you for reading our story, here is a list of people that we have to say thank you to.’
    • ‘And as a gesture of goodwill, here's a photo of her pointing at my leg for no apparent reason.’
    • ‘There is a strong possibility that you may have heard this story before but here is how it goes anyway.’
    • ‘But if you're not convinced the situation is dire, here is a warning from history.’
    1. 2.1 Used when giving something to someone:
      ‘here's the money I promised you’
      • ‘And here is your lanyard, I replied, which I made with a little help from a counselor.’
      • ‘Here is the money I saved. Please hand it to the American sailors injured.’
      • ‘Here's some furniture for you - just needs some lovin'.’
  • 3Used when indicating a time, point, or situation that has arrived or is happening:

    ‘here is your opportunity’
    ‘here we encounter the main problem’
    • ‘It looks like this is becoming a real trend and it finally feels like summer is here.’
    • ‘Summer holidays are here, bringing the chance to bask in delicious sunshine.’
    • ‘Summer days are here again, and the winter woollies have finally been put in mothballs.’
    • ‘Summer is nearly here, and a local theatre group are preparing to hit the road and take advantage of the good weather.’
    • ‘But when I read things like this, it becomes clear that the time when that can happen is not yet here.’
    • ‘Summer is here and a bit more fun would be welcome on the streets of Kerry towns.’
    • ‘I was just getting caught up in wrecks and we got that out of the way early, so here comes our stretch again.’
    • ‘Summer is here and Agapanthus are one of the most striking plants in early Summer.’
    • ‘You also know summer is here when the food markets finally open after a winter of hibernation.’
    • ‘But here comes another constraint that you might just consider to be a smoking pistol.’
    • ‘I can also wear skimpier tops and short sleeves, which is great now that summer is here!’
    • ‘Looking at the schedules, one can't help but feel that summer is here and the people who run TV are not.’
    • ‘Just when we imagined we've seen the gamut, here comes a genuine first in the industry.’
    • ‘Well, here comes a ten-ton surprise, because it turns out that their gratitude was all talk.’
    now, at this moment, at this point, at this point in time, at this time, at this juncture, at this stage
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exclamation

  • 1Used to attract someone's attention:

    ‘here, let me hold it’
    • ‘Here, have some laundry detergent!’
    • ‘Here, hold this in your hand, right here, young fella, just like this.’
    • ‘Here, have a piece of my heart.’
  • 2Indicating one's presence in a roll-call.

    • ‘The teacher would call out your name and you would then respond by saying, ‘Here.’’
    • ‘My count is now at 60 (counting the women who said ‘here’ and the women who've posted a new message since then).’
    • ‘Then his face got all twisted up, and before he even uttered another word, I shouted here, and went to get my paper.’

Phrases

  • here and now

    • At the present time:

      ‘we're going to settle this here and now’
      [as noun] ‘our obsession with the here and now’
      • ‘Most of us have no idea how to be present, just here and now, without thinking of the past or planning the future.’
      • ‘This is not true as I am still here and I would like to put the record straight about this here and now.’
      • ‘He's catapulted into old age to experience the last days of his life, and the teenage hellion he once was turns up in the here and now.’
      • ‘Let me state here and now that I will not purchase black bags so that the council's bin men can take away the garbage from my home.’
      • ‘However, the whole of UK industry is wrestling with the weaknesses of our transport system here and now.’
      • ‘Of course, questions should be asked about past maintenance, but that will not solve the hazard posed here and now.’
      • ‘It is a preoccupation, keeping the individual from being totally present, in the here and now.’
      • ‘His intention in doing the exercise was to become more present in the here and now, more active and energised and alive.’
      • ‘I drift in and out of the here and now, seesawing my attention between my immediate environment and my thoughts.’
      • ‘In such an environment, it is hard to resist living purely for the here and now, for our own immediate fulfilment.’
  • here and there

    • In various places:

      ‘small bushes scattered here and there’
      • ‘All you need is a general anaesthetic and you get cut up and pumped up with silicone here and there.’
      • ‘Success in the initial days was mainly as a comedian, along with a few songs here and there.’
      • ‘The lake was as calm as a mirror with dozens of posts standing above the surface here and there.’
      • ‘Many individuals have put a family tree together and have come across a gap here and there.’
      • ‘Well, I laughed here and there, and I kind of could see where it was trying to go.’
      • ‘People wiped it to remove a speck of dirt here and there before covering it back with the cloth.’
      • ‘I think that we're still shy of saying it and, okay, bad experiences can still be had here and there.’
      • ‘It has an eccentric layout, with odd corners, passageways and staircases here and there.’
      • ‘I've also added a few widgets here and there but I'll let you find them yourselves.’
      • ‘The sky is clear and blue, with a few odd clouds scattered here and there for effect.’
      in various places, in different places, hither and thither, at random
      from place to place, around, about, to and fro, hither and thither, back and forth, in all directions, from pillar to post
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  • here goes

    • Said to indicate that one is about to start something difficult or exciting.

      • ‘Pundits are expected to have opinions, to say bold things, so here goes: Britain will never give up the pound for the euro.’
      • ‘Things like this can be difficult to understand or explain, but here goes.’
      • ‘I'm not one to hide how astoundingly stupid I can be, so here goes.’
      • ‘There are limits to how far one can sensibly conduct a debate with a dogmatist - the politest synonym I can find for bigot - but here goes.’
      • ‘It's probably foolish to make presumptions about a relationship after spending only 90 minutes with a couple, but here goes.’
      • ‘Still, a bunch of bloggers with cameras are having fun with it so here goes: Ask your readers to think of three photos they'd like to see posted to your blog.’
      • ‘I had no ideas about what to post and readership falls on weekends anyway, but I know some folks do surf blogs on the weekend, so here goes.’
      • ‘Yet, I hesitate to tell you the main plot because you'll think this exciting novel dull, but here goes.’
      • ‘Anyway, here goes with a few real-world simple objections.’
      • ‘Okay so at the risk of appearing to do a back-flip here goes.’
  • here's to someone/thing

    • Used to wish health or success before drinking:

      ‘here's to us!’
      • ‘Good luck with your hunt for profit in pairs trading, and here's to your success in the markets.’
      • ‘Whether you're on your way to work or working your way elsewhere, here's to your health, the smoothie way.’
      • ‘California Authors just celebrated its first year in operation, so here's to you, and hopes for many more.’
      • ‘Happy Mothers Day… to all the blessed women who have ventured into the world of motherhood here's to you!’
      • ‘So, here's to the continuing success of the Haphazard racing team!’
      • ‘So, here's to a fortnight of successful operating and hats off to a group of very dedicated people who are volunteering their time and skills to help the needy of East Africa.’
      • ‘Everyone at the trust says thank you and here's to you, Dave.’
      • ‘We wish Jimmy and Jan many more years of health and happiness and here's to the fortieth, folks.’
      • ‘And here's to you, Carol Smith, as Mrs Robinson.’
      • ‘So, here's to you and your positive attitude and I'll pray to my higher power that you're right.’
  • here today, gone tomorrow

    • Soon over or forgotten; short-lived.

      • ‘Such a shift in public policy will be sustainable if, and only if, this wave of human solidarity is more than just a tsunami: here today, gone tomorrow.’
      • ‘Life is but a dream, here today, gone tomorrow.’
      • ‘Beware of buying from the type of shop that springs up at this time of year which has only a short-term lease and may be here today, gone tomorrow.’
      • ‘Look, I'm a fickle dame, here today, gone tomorrow.’
      • ‘Liam Miller also looks a good prospect but Kleberson and Djemba, despite the latter starting the season, seem destined to be fly-by-night Manchester United players, here today, gone tomorrow.’
      • ‘I think we've moved beyond the idea that the Claymores are here today, gone tomorrow.’
      • ‘This perpetuates the myth that small firms are here today, gone tomorrow and are difficult to deal with.’
      • ‘We are at a prime trading time for Keighley businesses, who are here all the year round, not here today, gone tomorrow.’
      • ‘Recollecting all the bygone events I enjoyed with my father while he was alive, I feel again man's life is short, transitory and empty at the end - here today, gone tomorrow.’
      • ‘There is a suspicion about the tech sector that a lot of these companies will be here today, gone tomorrow and in many cases that suspicion is justified - a number of high-tech start-ups simply do not survive.’
  • here we are

    • Said on arrival at one's destination.

      • ‘So here we are, surrounded by freshly plowed fields and yapping farm dogs in the distance.’
      • ‘However, after all the frustration, here we are and I thank you for your patience and continued support.’
      • ‘So here we are at another election and none of it is very inspiring.’
      • ‘But here we are, through to the FA Cup quarter-finals and we've got a home draw for good measure.’
      • ‘So here we are with all this technology and scientific knowledge at our disposal - what should we do?’
      • ‘And here we are, waterbussed to Academia for a sublime platter of Venetian antipasti.’
      • ‘We had hoped that one day it would happen and suddenly here we were.’
      • ‘So here we are, on some ghastly winter morning in a glass and concrete office block on the North Circular.’
      • ‘And so here we are at Lagavulin, exhilarated by our journey and safely anchored with drinks in hand.’
      • ‘Jenson, here we are at the British Grand Prix and you are on the front row.’
  • here we go again

    • Said to indicate that the same events, typically undesirable ones, are recurring.

      • ‘Just when you thought it was safe, and boring, to go anywhere near Place-des-Arts metro, here we go again.’
      • ‘Oh, here we go again with that Spider-man thingy; you need to get over that, Jocelyn.’
      • ‘Maybe he was thinking: Christ, here we go again.’
      • ‘Megan felt the tension build, and thought, here we go again.’
      • ‘Now, the problem is that when I first watched this show, I was thinking to myself, ‘Oh no, here we go again, another narcissistic reality show.’’
      • ‘‘I just thought here we go again,’ smiled Preece after his side's draw.’
      • ‘She wasn't drunk, they spiked her drinks and when we told the bouncers you could tell they were thinking here we go again, another one.’
      • ‘After the moderator asked if you were certain you could get a bank loan whenever you wanted, Cairns thought, ‘Oh my God, here we go again,’ and took yet another step forward.’
      • ‘When we went 3-0 down on 16 minutes we all looked around and at first were thinking here we go again because we had not beaten Sheffield all season.’
      • ‘I felt my heart race. ‘Oh god, here we go again’, I was thinking.’
  • neither here nor there

    • Of no importance or relevance.

      • ‘Damp feelings of quiet dread are neither here nor there.’
      • ‘The fact is these players have fallen afoul of the system; which club they play for is neither here nor there.’
      • ‘Whether I believed it or not is neither here nor there.’
      • ‘The fact that if that's their best argument, they don't really have one is neither here nor there in the long run; the end result is that it helps their cause.’
      • ‘But to a big-time publisher it is neither here nor there.’
      • ‘But that's all insider mumbo-jumbo which is really neither here nor there.’
      • ‘Misspelled my name, by the way, but that's neither here nor there.’
      • ‘But temperament in and of itself is neither here nor there.’
      • ‘However unappealing, this outbreak of boasting is probably neither here nor there to the individuals whose agonies initially provoked it.’
      • ‘Viewed in this light, the fact that the parties to Acton stipulated that the bargain should be confidential is neither here nor there as to its relevance.’
      inconsequential, insignificant, unimportant, of little importance, of no importance, of little consequence, of no consequence, of little account, of no account, of no moment, incidental, inessential, non-essential, immaterial, irrelevant
      negligible, inappreciable, inconsiderable, slight, minor, trivial, trifling, petty, paltry, nugatory, not worth mentioning, not worth bothering about, not worth speaking of, insubstantial, silly, lightweight
      piddling, fiddling, piffling
      small-bore, picayune
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Origin

Old English hēr, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German hier, also to he.

Pronunciation:

here

/hɪə/