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

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Read on for more, and find Soulless wherever books are sold. Christian Holub, EW.com, "Soulless author Jim DeRogatis explains the case against R. Kelly," 7 June 2019 Makes forests magically regrow wherever Godzilla and its peers have been stomping around? Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Godzilla: King of the Monsters," 31 May 2019 There is an inherent weakness in any vehicle or structure wherever two different materials are joined together. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "NASA's Mars 2020 Mission Passes Critical Heat Shield Test," 2 May 2019 Think about putting them wherever water tends to collect. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "The Easy Landscape Design That'll Make Your Driveway 10 Times More Attractive," 19 Apr. 2019 Strawberry is def a sunny, sultry shade, and will catch the light wherever. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Eva Mendes Just Got Strawberry Highlights and They Are Absolutely Stunning," 17 Apr. 2019 American politicians, in contrast, were more informal and speechified wherever, even on tree stumps – hence the phrase on the stump. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, "So many words to talk about elections," 14 June 2018 All of these items can be found wherever your favorite confections are sold. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "This Year's New Peeps Flavors Will Have You Hopping Over to the Grocery Store," 15 Mar. 2019 To cope with these unpredictable challenges, experts ultimately recommend seeking out support wherever possible. Kate Willsky, SELF, "What It’s Like to Deal With Anorexia While You’re Pregnant," 8 Feb. 2019

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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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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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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