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whither

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adverb whith·er \ˈhwi-thər, ˈwi-\

Simple Definition of whither

  • : to what place

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of whither

  1. 1 :  to what place <whither will they go>

  2. 2 :  to what situation, position, degree, or end <whither will this abuse drive him>

Examples of whither in a sentence

  1. He grew up in New York City whither his family had immigrated in the early 1920s.

  2. <whither are you going, my lady?>



Origin and Etymology of whither

Middle English, from Old English hwider; akin to Latin quis who and to Old English hider hither — more at who, hither


First Known Use: before 12th century


2

whither

conjunction whith·er

Definition of whither

  1. 1 a :  to what place <knew whither to go — Daniel Defoe> b :  to what situation, position, degree, or end

  2. 2 a :  to the place at, in, or to which b :  to which place

  3. 3 :  to whatever place



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of whither

before 12th century


WHITHER Defined for Kids

whither

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adverb whith·er \ˈhwi-thər, ˈwi-\

Definition of whither for Students

  1. :  to what place or situation <Whither will they go?>





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