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

how, where

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Examples of wherein in a Sentence


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


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

At least 30 countries subscribe to the principle of jus soli, wherein a person’s citizenship is based on the territory of his or her birth. Amanda Erickson, The Seattle Times, "Trump says no other country has birthright citizenship. He’s wrong.," 30 Oct. 2018 In a Facebook post today, the brothers alerted their 973,573 followers that there's a scam circulating wherein someone who is decidedly not from their company tries to offer their services. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "There's A Property Brothers Scam Circulating On The Internet," 25 Jan. 2019 The premiere episode features a segment wherein Cohen — playing a fake character named Col. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "Sacha Baron Cohen Got Pro-Gun Activists and Lawmakers to Support a Fake Program That Would Arm Children," 16 July 2018 Kjellberg plans to run a live stream tomorrow between 4PM–7PM GMT, wherein all proceeds will be donated to CRY. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "PewDiePie urges his fans to donate to charity as T-Series battle rages on," 3 Dec. 2018 Asked about draft lottery reform that goes into effect in 2019, wherein the odds for the No. K.c. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Stan Van Gundy doesn't agree with NBA rest rules pertaining to Bulls," 10 Mar. 2018 The newspaper industry is partly a victim of outmoded business models, wherein Google and Facebook have in recent years replaced Craigslist as the big baddie stealing all of our ad revenue. John Wenzel, The Atlantic, "The Gutting of The Denver Post is a Death Knell for Local News," 11 May 2018 Pichai’s new guidelines came amid an internal revolt over Google’s involvement in Project Maven—a Defense Department initiative wherein Google’s A.I. was used to help improve the accuracy of drone strikes. Maya Kosoff, The Hive, "Google Tries Being Slightly Less Evil," 8 June 2018 The first stage involves groups of experts and activists calling attention to a public problem, which leads quickly to the second stage, wherein the alarmed media and political class discover the issue. Steven F. Hayward, WSJ, "Climate Change Has Run Its Course," 4 June 2018

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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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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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