[ hwair-ev-er, wair- ]
/ ʰwɛərˈɛv ər, wɛər- /


in, at, or to whatever place.
in any case or condition: wherever it is heard of.


where? (used emphatically): Wherever did you find that?

Nearby words

  1. wheresoever,
  2. wherethrough,
  3. whereto,
  4. whereunto,
  5. whereupon,
  6. wherewith,
  7. wherewithal,
  8. wherret,
  9. wherrit,
  10. wherry

Origin of wherever

before 1000; Middle English; Old English hwǣr ǣfre. See where, ever

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British Dictionary definitions for wherever


/ (wɛərˈɛvə) /


at, in, or to every place or point which; wherewherever she went, he would be there
(subordinating) in, to, or at whatever placewherever we go the weather is always bad

adverb Also: where ever

no matter whereI'll find you, wherever you are
informal at, in, or to an unknown or unspecified placeI'll go anywhere to escape: London, Paris, or wherever
an intensive form of where, used in questionswherever can they be?
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Word Origin and History for wherever



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

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