[ wair-in, hwair- ]
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  1. in what or in which.

  1. in what way or respect?

Origin of wherein

First recorded in 1200–50, wherein is from the Middle English word wherin.See where, in

Words Nearby wherein

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How to use wherein in a sentence

  • The second cable quotes mine of last night wherein I ask leave to call for the East Lancs.

  • And as he did so, he regarded the spot where the sod house had once stood and wherein he had spent many happy days.

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  • For behold I begin to bring evil on the city wherein my name is called upon: and shall you be as innocent and escape free?

  • It was something which announced itself; a chill breath that seemed to issue from some vast cavern wherein discords waited.

  • A basket full of millet must go with the millet cakes: this is the food wherein the country goddess finds pleasure most of all.

British Dictionary definitions for wherein


/ (wɛərˈɪn) archaic, or formal /

  1. in what place or respect?

  1. in which place, thing, etc

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