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[hwair-with, -with, wair-]
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adverb, conjunction
  1. Literary. with which; by means of which.
  2. Archaic.
    1. with what?
    2. because of which; by reason of which.
    3. whereupon; at which.
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  1. Archaic. that by which; that with which.
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  1. Rare. wherewithal.
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Origin of wherewith

First recorded in 1150–1200, wherewith is from the Middle English word wherwith. See where, with
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Historical Examples

  • Wherewith he wished them both joy, and gave Barnaby his hand.

    Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates

    Howard Pyle

  • But wherewith can they be replaced when one is at the age of Maksim Maksimych?

    A Hero of Our Time

    M. Y. Lermontov

  • Wherewith he goes off, taking the picture with him in his carriage.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • No; to the babe is given the desire because the mother has wherewith to satisfy.

    The Golden Fountain

    Lilian Staveley

  • It is a great Thing that we praise, but that wherewith we praise is weak as yet.

British Dictionary definitions for wherewith


  1. (often foll by an infinitive) with or by whichthe pen wherewith I am wont to write
  2. something with whichI have not wherewith to buy my bread
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  1. with what?
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sentence connector
  1. with or after that; whereupon
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