to wit

\ tə-ˈwit How to pronounce to wit (audio) \

Definition of to wit

: that is to say : namely

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Examples of to wit in a Sentence

if we keep spending money like it's water, we're sure to end up in the same place as it often does, to wit, down the drain
Recent Examples on the Web This region is linked to wit, adaptability, and social skills, revealing an individual's strategic mind and resourcefulness. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, 3 Jan. 2020 That was an enormous feat in a sector that’s traditionally technology reticent to change (to wit, faxes are still commonplace in the healthcare world). Charles Aunger, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 This is all the more remarkable given the devil’s bargain the war involved — to wit, the alliance with the Soviet Union, a country led by Joseph Stalin, a monster rivaling Adolf Hitler for runner-up in the ranks of history’s mass murderers. H. W. Brands, Washington Post, 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of to wit

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for to wit

Middle English to witen, literally, to know — more at wit

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19 May 2022

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“To wit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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