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the above transcription of what is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

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An example use of what in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… but it really is is what we have i also …”

meanings of what


  1. That which; those that; the thing that.
  2. That; which; who.
  3. Whatever.
  4. Which thing, event, circumstance, etc.: used interrogatively in asking for the specification of an identity, quantity, quality, etc.


  1. An expression of surprise or disbelief. What! That's amazing.
  2. What did you say? I beg your pardon?.
  3. Clipping of what do you say?.
  4. What do you want? An abrupt, usually unfriendly enquiry as to what a person desires.


  1. The identity of a thing, as an answer to a question of what.
  2. Something that is addressed by what, as opposed to a person, addressed by who.
  3. Something; thing; stuff.


  1. Alternative form of wat (used to contradict an assumption).
  2. In some manner or degree; in part; partly. See also what with.


  1. Whatever.
  2. Which one(s); which kind of.


  1. Used before a noun phrase at the beginning of a sentence to form an exclamation. Indicates that something is remarkable in quality or degree.

what frequency in english - A1 level of CEFR

the word what occurs in english on average 3023.2 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for A1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics what can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that what can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) people, society, and culture;

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