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 film follows this year’s release of Mortal Kombat 11, the latest (and highly praised) fighting videogame, wherein Sub-Zero gets updated abilities, like his ice axe and ice slide moves. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Mortal Kombat movie with James Wan finds its Sub-Zero," 9 July 2019 Grossman and Fuchs’s elaborate proposal, it could be argued, is just another example of the insidiousness of influencer culture, wherein life’s most momentous events are only important to the extent that they can be exploited for cash and clout. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "This viral “surprise” proposal shows the less glamorous side of influencing," 20 June 2019 Hi and welcome again to the Reluctant Mailbag, wherein The Chronicle sifts through Twitter looking for only the best and brightest A’s questions and then settles for these. Susan Slusser, SFChronicle.com, "A’s mailbag: Bullpen travails, slotting in injured pitchers, All-Stars and more," 13 June 2019 Eventually all the universe will be reduced to a uniform, boring jumble: a state of equilibrium, wherein entropy is maximized and nothing meaningful will ever happen again. Quanta Magazine, "How Life (and Death) Spring From Disorder," 26 Jan. 2017 Goren said the agreements were reached through a collaborative process wherein the district presented their plan and then the unions presented theirs. Marissa Plescia, chicagotribune.com, "New 5-year contracts in District 65 include pay increases for teachers, assistants," 14 June 2019 In April 2017, Contra Costa County and the Pleasant Hill Recreation and Park District signed an agreement wherein the recreation district has an exclusive option to buy for $3 million the library property until the end of 2019. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: No one knows the future value of Pleasant Hill Library land," 7 June 2019 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

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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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