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wher·​ev·​er (h)wer-ˈe-vər How to pronounce wherever (audio)
: at, in, or to any or all places that
thrives wherever he goes
: in any circumstance in which
wherever it is possible, we try to help


2 of 2


: where in the world
wherever did you get that tie
: anywhere at all
explore northward or whereverBernard De Voto

Examples of wherever in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
The growth of Over-the-Top (OTT) and dedicated apps to share custom content and access live games whenever, wherever, has only just begun. Michael Schreiber, Rolling Stone, 27 July 2023 Pamela, a love story is now streaming on Netflix, and Love, Pamela is available wherever books are sold. Glenn Garner, Peoplemag, 4 Feb. 2023 Open up the knees wider than your hips to wherever is comfortable for you. Cori Ritchey, Men's Health, 9 Jan. 2023 Nightmares made Freud see that wherever Eros goes, there, too, Thanatos shall be. Time, 28 Dec. 2022 The son of a college football coach, home was wherever his family was at the time. Kristine M. Kierzek, Journal Sentinel, 27 Dec. 2022 His children, no doubt, have had to compete for the attention of a man who, at this point, is a father figure to much of the world, showing up with a plate of food wherever people are in need. Tim Carman, Washington Post, 26 Dec. 2022 In instances where no special issues are flagged, as in Mr. Bulger’s case, prisoners are simply taken off buses and placed wherever a bed is available, Hazleton officials told the investigators. Serge F. Kovaleski, New York Times, 7 Dec. 2022 Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet and the Making of an Epic Love Story, is available now wherever magazines are sold. Allison Adato, Peoplemag, 19 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

Dictionary Entries Near wherever

Cite this Entry

“Wherever.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wherever. Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adverb
wher·​ev·​er hwer-ˈev-ər How to pronounce wherever (audio)
: where entry 1 sense 1
used in questions expressing surprise or bewilderment
wherever did you get that hat


2 of 2 conjunction
: at, in, or to whatever place
succeeds wherever he goes
: in any situation in which
wherever it is possible, I try to help
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