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wherever

[hwair-ev-er, wair-] /ʰwɛərˈɛv ər, wɛər-/
conjunction
1.
in, at, or to whatever place.
2.
in any case or condition:
wherever it is heard of.
adverb
3.
where? (used emphatically):
Wherever did you find that?
Origin of wherever
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English hwǣr ǣfre. See where, ever
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Examples from the Web for wherever
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  • How like him to be there, to be wherever anyone was in trouble!

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • wherever I glance my eyes, they meet something that pricks them like a needle.

    Old News Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • This, for the first-time, came to our knowledge last night, after his return from wherever he had been.

    Ridgeway Scian Dubh
  • wherever there was a knot of midnight roisterers, they quaffed her health.

  • Whoever she might be, wherever she was, she might know what to expect should she be discovered.

British Dictionary definitions for wherever

wherever

/wɛərˈɛvə/
pronoun
1.
at, in, or to every place or point which; where: wherever she went, he would be there
2.
(subordinating) in, to, or at whatever place: wherever we go the weather is always bad
adverb
3.
no matter where: I'll find you, wherever you are
4.
(informal) at, in, or to an unknown or unspecified place: I'll go anywhere to escape: London, Paris, or wherever
5.
an intensive form of where, used in questions: wherever can they be?
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Word Origin and History for wherever
adv.

late 13c., ware euere, from where + ever.

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