there O.E. þær "in or at that place," from P.Gmc. *thær (Cf. O.S. thar, O.Fris. ther, M.L.G. dar, M.Du. daer, Du. daar, O.H.G. dar, Ger. da, Goth. þar, O.N. þar), from PIE *tar- "there" (Cf. Skt. tar-hi "then"), from root *to- (see THE (Cf. the)) + adverbial suffix -r. Interjectional use is recorded from 1530s. To have been there "had previous experience of some activity" is recorded from 1877.

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