where·​in | \ (h)wer-ˈin How to pronounce wherein (audio) , (ˌ)(h)wər- \

Definition of wherein

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: in what : in what particular or respect wherein was I wrong



Definition of wherein (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : in which : where the city wherein he lives
b : during which
2 : in what way : how showed me wherein I was wrong

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Synonyms for wherein

Synonyms: Adverb

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Examples of wherein in a Sentence

Adverb Wherein lies the secret to the company's success? wherein this document can be demonstrated to be out of compliance with current standards, that section will be considered null and void Conjunction the city wherein he lives There was a period in her life wherein she took no active part in politics. He showed me wherein I was wrong.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Most prayer rugs feature what is called a niche design, which represents the mihrab, a semicircular part of a mosque wall wherein Muslims pray. Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, 8 June 2021 Rather, they are intended to help instill a culture wherein businesses embrace change as a foundational pillar of operations. Paul Jarman, Forbes, 2 June 2021 There are instances wherein certain people may have severe reactions to the COVID vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, 31 Mar. 2021 Flynn later tried to walk back his comments, but the lack of any condemnation by senior Republican figures of his actions reflects a party wherein extremism is tolerated and therefore grows. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 2 June 2021 In addition, once every 29.5 days, the moon gets to a point in its orbit wherein its nearside – the hemisphere that always faces Earth – is fully illuminated, from our perspective, by the Sun. Robin Andrews, Forbes, 26 May 2021 That would come 20 years later — a native response to reality television and social media, wherein everyone can chronicle snippets of their lives for mass consumption. Matthew Jacobs, Vulture, 6 May 2021 Walmart earlier this month issued a recall for a lot of Jonhson & Johnson Acuvue Vita brand contact lenses due to a packaging issue wherein the box itself isn’t fully sealed and, as a result, can cause the lenses to become unsterile. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 19 May 2021 There are going to be occasions when the brake checking accomplishes its goal, and then other situations wherein the brake checking flops. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 17 May 2021

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First Known Use of wherein


13th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of wherein was in the 13th century

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19 Jun 2021

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“Wherein.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wherein. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of wherein

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal : in what way : in what



English Language Learners Definition of wherein (Entry 2 of 2)

: in which
: during which
: in what way


where·​in | \ hwer-ˈin How to pronounce wherein (audio) , wer- \

Kids Definition of wherein

1 : in what way
2 : in which

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