wher·ev·er | \hwer-ˈe-vər, 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

Examples of wherever in a Sentence

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Classes in the past have gone wherever the Romans have gone, Crabb said - including Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Greece, England, and Scotland. Michael Walsh, Courant Community, "Students Taking Interest In Latin," 10 July 2018 Because there is life virtually wherever there is water on Earth, these findings suggested that life might also exist on Enceladus. Charles Q. Choi, Scientific American, "Ingredients for Life Found on Saturn’s Moon, Enceladus," 27 June 2018 And, finally, this time of year there are the questions about all the mysterious seedlings appearing wherever there is bare soil. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s what’s eating your currant bushes and ‘spitting’ on your wild roses," 13 July 2018 The tour sold out a few hours after it was announced, so the venues were changed to ones with larger capacity wherever possible and new shows were added to the schedule. Billboard Japan, Billboard, "Japanese Rockers the pillows Kick Off U.S. Tour in Lead-up to New Album," 12 July 2018 The idea would be to slip a type of molecular scissors, known as Crispr, into cells that would slice open DNA wherever scientists wanted a new gene to go. Gina Kolata, New York Times, "Swift Gene-Editing Method May Revolutionize Treatments for Cancer and Infectious Diseases," 11 July 2018 Cities like Denver and San Francisco have banned Bird, with critics saying that people often just leave the scooters wherever. Kelsey Ryan, kansascity, "Banned in other cities, these Bird electric scooters have arrived in Kansas City," 11 July 2018 There are now several experimental treatments vying to be tested, but each must be greenlit by national regulatory authorities whenever and wherever an outbreak occurs. Helen Branswell, STAT, "With short outbreaks and complex permissions, testing critical Ebola treatments is a challenge," 11 June 2018 Props, sets, and extra equipment used to be stored wherever staff could think to put it, in disparate buildings and office spaces on site and around town. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "Behind the scenes at Music Circus: "The better you are at your job, the less people notice"," 6 July 2018

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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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Phrases Related to wherever

wherever that is

wherever that may be

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

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English Language Learners Definition of wherever

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: in what place

: in, at, or to any place



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

: at, in, or to any place that

: in any situation in which : at any time that


wher·ev·er | \hwer-ˈev-ər, 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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