wher·​ev·​er | \ (h)wer-ˈe-vər How to pronounce wherever (audio) , (ˌ)(h)wər- \

Definition of wherever

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : at, in, or to any or all places that thrives wherever he goes
2 : in any circumstance in which wherever it is possible, we try to help



Definition of wherever (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : where in the world wherever did you get that tie
2 : anywhere at all explore northward or wherever— Bernard De Voto

Examples of wherever in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Pick up a copy of Entertainment Weekly’s Ultimate Guide to The Office, available now wherever magazines are sold or buy it online. Omar Sanchez, EW.com, "Exclusive: The Office oral history podcast is coming with a very special host," 6 July 2020 Even the staunchest conservative political leaders now recommend that people wear masks in most public places and wherever maintaining a discrete six feet of social distance isn’t possible. Megan Molteni, Wired, "How Masks Went From Don’t-Wear to Must-Have," 2 July 2020 When asked about the flier, Inslee repeated his calls to wear masks and socially distance wherever required by law. Tim Gruver, Washington Examiner, "Inslee urges residents to wear masks amid Washington COVID-19 surge," 1 July 2020 The virus will go wherever there are susceptible people and until the U.S. stops community spread across the entire country, the first wave isn’t over. Melissa Hawkins, The Conversation, "The US isn’t in a second wave of coronavirus – the first wave never ended," 30 June 2020 Jackson offered to go wherever the white officers are to have a conversation with them. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "East Side town hall takes on criminal justice reform and preventing police brutality," 27 June 2020 Consider putting it on a poster or banner to hang up wherever most of the activities will take place or use printable iron-on fabric transfer sheets to make t-shirts or reusable bags. Ruth A. Musgrave, National Geographic, "Week one: Camp logo design," 24 June 2020 The wide, rounded toe on the standard version previously meant the only thing Blundstones couldn't handle was a formal event, but the Chelsea Boot solves all of that, with a shape that transitions seamlessly, wherever you're headed. Louis Cheslaw, Condé Nast Traveler, "12 Men's Slip-On Shoes for Lazy Summer Days," 24 June 2020 Public health experts and state leadership are pleading with Californians to wear masks and maintain social distancing wherever possible. Mark Olalde, USA TODAY, "In CA: A surge in COVID-19 cases is breaking records, and wildfires heat up," 24 June 2020

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First Known Use of wherever


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Wherever.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wherever. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce wherever (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of wherever

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: at, in, or to any place that
: in any situation in which : at any time that



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

: in what place
: in, at, or to any place


wher·​ev·​er | \ hwer-ˈev-ər How to pronounce wherever (audio) , wer- \

Kids Definition of wherever

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : where in the world Wherever have you been?
2 : any place at all Just put it wherever.



Kids Definition of wherever (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : at, in, or to whatever place We can have lunch wherever you like.
2 : in any situation in which : at any time that I help wherever possible.

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