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

The creator allocated one episode to the mother and sister characters respectively, wherein the lens adopts their points of view. Aamina Khan, Teen Vogue, "Ramy Youssef Wants to "Complicate the Conversation" with His New Hulu Series," 19 Apr. 2019 May’s deal — which tries to ease the divorce with a 21-month transition period, wherein the UK obeys EU rules without decision-making power — is pretty unpopular. Jen Kirby, Vox, "EU to UK: take the Brexit deal or else," 30 Nov. 2018 This approach is quite different from the normal studio approach to idoldom, wherein idols are trained to be pleasant but mild — to be blank slates upon which viewers can project their fantasies. Aja Romano, Vox, "BTS, the band that changed K-pop, explained," 24 Aug. 2018 But in recent months, it's also been uncovered that this wasn't the only world wherein Jen Hart was entrenched. Glamour, "Broken Harts, Episode 7: 'Stone-Cold Narcissist'," 22 Jan. 2019 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

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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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