[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.
  1. Archaic. that by which; that with which.
  1. Rare. wherewithal.

Origin of wherewith

First recorded in 1150–1200, wherewith is from the Middle English word wherwith. See where, with
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Related Words for wherewith

whereby, whence, wherewith

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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
  1. with what?
sentence connector
  1. with or after that; whereupon
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