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wherewith

[ wair-with, -with, hwair- ]
/ wɛərˈwɪθ, -ˈwɪð, ʰwɛər- /
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adverb, conjunction
Literary. with which; by means of which.
Archaic.
  1. with what?
  2. because of which; by reason of which.
  3. whereupon; at which.
pronoun
Archaic. that by which; that with which.
noun
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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British Dictionary definitions for wherewith

wherewith
/ (wɛəˈwɪθ, -ˈwɪð) archaic, or formal /

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