to wit

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\ 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 The judge notes that the Times ruling occurred in unique historical circumstances—to wit, the struggle for civil rights when Southern politicians used defamation law to stifle reporting on and criticism of Jim Crow. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Reconsidering Times v. Sullivan," 22 Mar. 2021 They are charged with delinquent to wit: unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, carrying a loaded firearm, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling. Charlie Mckenna, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston police arrest boys, 15 and 17, on weapons charges," 1 Mar. 2021 That means some of the most visible dissenters from the Trump coronavirus policy are themselves in charge of managing the pressures of the current surge, to wit: Govs. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "The New Covid Resistance," 9 Dec. 2020 And to wit, worthy winners such as Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Billy Porter and Alex Borstein illustrated the diverse and intriguing mix of the TV class of 2019. Mara Reinstein, Billboard, "Why the 2019 Emmy Awards Didn't Shine Nearly as Bright as the Winners," 23 Sep. 2019 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, "The bureaucratic battles and political skirmishes that shaped World War II," 14 June 2019 The most persuasive economic argument is for voters to look under the covers, to wit, low/full unemployment is good, but many households require two incomes to survive, many persons are underemployed (working below their capacity) and underpaid. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Econometer: Is there an economic argument against Trump that Democrats can make?," 21 June 2019 The boy will be arraigned in Dorchester District Court on charges of delinquent to wit, trespassing, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm. Elise Takahama, BostonGlobe.com, "Footprints in the snow lead police to a 15-year-old boy and a loaded gun," 16 Mar. 2018 So is the lack of representation of head chefs who are women or people of color—to wit, Christina Tosi of Milk Bar is the only woman represented on Netflix’s upcoming Chef’s Table Pastry (a ratio of three to one, which is utter lunacy). Matt Giles, Longreads, "David Chang’s ‘Ugly Delicious’ Pushes Food TV in the Right Direction," 23 Mar. 2018

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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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The first known use of to wit was in the 14th century

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1 Apr 2021

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“To wit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/to%20wit. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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