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Definition of Why


  1. For what cause, reason, or purpose; on what account; wherefore; -- used interrogatively. See the Note under What, pron., 1.
  2. For which; on account of which; -- used relatively.
  3. The reason or cause for which; that on account of which; on what account; as, I know not why he left town so suddenly; -- used as a compound relative.
  4. A young heifer.

Why Quotations

I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
Michael Jordan

There are two great days in a person's life - the day we are born and the day we discover why.
William Barclay

I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.
Michael Jordan

Why do they call it rush hour when nothing moves?
Robin Williams

Trust is hard to come by. That's why my circle is small and tight. I'm kind of funny about making new friends.
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Why Translations

why in Afrikaans is waarom, hoekom
why in Dutch is hoezo, waarom
why in Finnish is miksi
why in French is pourquoi
why in German is aber nein, warum, weshalb, Warum, aber ja
why in Italian is per quale ragione
why in Latin is quare, quamobrem, cur
why in Norwegian is hvorfor
why in Portuguese is porque
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