Definition of which pronoun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    pronoun, determiner
    BrE BrE//wɪtʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//wɪtʃ//
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  1. 1  used in questions to ask somebody to be exact about one or more people or things from a limited number Which is better exercise—swimming or tennis? Which of the applicants has got the job? Which of the patients have recovered? Which way is the wind blowing? compare what
  2. 2  used to be exact about the thing or things that you mean Houses which overlook the lake cost more. It was a crisis for which she was totally unprepared. That can be used instead of which in this meaning, but it is not used immediately after a prepositionIt was a crisis that she was totally unprepared for.
  3. 3  used to give more information about something His best movie, which won several awards, was about the life of Gandhi. Your claim ought to succeed, in which case the damages will be substantial. That cannot be used instead of which in this meaning.
  4. Word OriginOld English hwilc, from the Germanic bases of who and alike.Idioms  used to talk about distinguishing one person or thing from another The twins are so alike I can't tell which is which.