That is to say, namely, as in There are three good reasons for not going, to wit, we don't want to, we don't have to, and we can't get a reservation. This expression comes from the now archaic verb to wit, meaning “know or be aware of,” not heard except in this usage. [Late 1500s]
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How to use to wit in a sentence
The study of verbs is meagre, for in such a system there is only one real working verb, to-wit, the quasi-verb "is."Instigations | Ezra Pound
Luke gives the name of the angel, to-wit: Gabriel, but he appears to Mary instead of to Joseph.The Real Jesus of the Four Gospels | J. B. Atwater
I realized that the court, to-wit, the fifty senators then entitled to seats in the senate, was of rather peculiar construction.Autobiography of Charles Clinton Nourse | Charles Clinton Nourse
There are two things, two blessed doubts, that we know as little about as we ever did, to-wit: Who wrote the Letters of Junius?The World on Wheels and Other Sketches | Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin) Taylor
Yet all over the world they mean the same, to-wit, the strong taxing the weak without allowing representation.One Thousand Secrets of Wise and Rich Men Revealed | C. A. Bogardus