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Here. adv. [her, Saxon; hier, Dutch.]

  1. In this place.

                Before thy here approach,
    Old Siward, with ten thousand warlike men,
    All ready at appoint, was setting forth.
    Shakesp. Macbeth.

            I, upon my frontiers here,
    Keep residence.
    Milton.

            Here nature first begins
    Her farthest verge.
    Milton.

    How wretched does Prometheus' state appear,
    While he his second mis'ry suffers here!
    Cowley.

    To-day is ours, we have it here. Cowley.

  2. In the present state.

    Thus shall you be happy here, and more happy hereafter. Bacon's Advice to Villiers.

  3. It is used in making an offer or attempt.

            Then here's for earnest:
    'Tis finish'd, and the dusk that yet remains
    Is but the native horrour of the wood.
    Dryden's K. Arthur.

    However, friend, here's to the king, one cries;
    To him who was the king, the friend replies.
    Prior.

  4. It is often opposed to there. Dispersedly; in one place and another.

    Good-night: mine eyes do itch;
    Doth that bode weeping?
    — 'Tis neither here nor there.
    Shakespeare's Othello.

    We are come to see thee fight, to see thee foigne, to see thee traverse, to see thee here, to see thee there. Shakespeare.

    Then this, then that man's aid, they crave, implore;
    Post here for help, seek there their followers.
    Daniel.

    I would have in the heath some thickets made only of sweet briar and honey-suckle, and some wild vine amongst; and the ground set with violets; for these are sweet, and prosper in the shade; and these to be in the heath here and there, not in order. Bacon's Essays.

    The devil might perhaps, by inward suggestions, have drawn in here and there a single proselyte. Gover. of the Tongue.

    You remember how your city, after the dreadful fire, was rebuilt, not presently, by raising continued streets in any one part; but at first here a house, and there a house, to which others by degrees were joined. Spratt's Sermons.

    He that rides post through a country may be able to give some loose description of here a mountain and there a plain, here a morass and there a river, woodland in one part, and savanas in another. Locke.

  5. Here seems, in the following passage, to mean this place.

    Bid them farewel, Cordelia, though unkind;
    Thou losest here, a better where to find.
    Shakesp. K. Lear.

Sources: Allestree, Richard (89) · Bacon, Francis (396) · Cowley, Abraham (19) · Daniel, Samuel (28) · Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's King Lear (144) · Locke, John (269) · Shakespeare's Macbeth (136) · Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor (95) · Milton, John (449) · Shakespeare's Othello (60) · Prior, Matthew (162) · Sprat, Thomas (20)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Here." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: January 7, 2012. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=8725.


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