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

Examples of wherever in a Sentence

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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 Lisa's rule: Incorporate this storage fix wherever possible. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "This Chic Closet Is Filled With Hidden Storage Tricks," 29 Nov. 2018 By late Tuesday, the government appeared to be focused on finding bodies, and wherever possible, survivors. Todd Pitman, The Seattle Times, "In quake-hit Indonesia, a challenge to recover the dead," 7 Aug. 2018 The Rebble team will alter those apps wherever possible, but some of them might not be functional immediately after the update. Shoshana Wodinsky, The Verge, "Pebble smartwatches could be kept alive by an unofficial developer group called Rebble," 15 June 2018 The easiest way to get yourself to save enough is to automate contributions wherever possible — that includes your 401(k) or other retirement plan, emergency fund and Health Savings Account. NBC News, "Being healthy is never a bad thing ... until it makes you financially sick," 6 June 2018 Unlike dumbbells or kettlebells, which are obviously great but are large and heavy, resistance bands are small, lightweight, and easy to tote around wherever your workouts take you. Amy Marturana, SELF, "A Total-Body Resistance Band Workout You Can Do Anywhere," 28 Sep. 2018 The shiny, retro polka-dot design makes a fashion statement wherever the summer takes you. Bree Coven Foster, The Seattle Times, "Retro accessories for your road trip or summer picnic," 16 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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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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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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