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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Of course, split infinitives, dangling modifiers, and subject-verb disagreements have always appeared wherever words are uttered or keys are stroked. Jake Cline, The Atlantic, "How Using Social Media Makes People Better Writers," 10 Aug. 2019 Rather than leaving deposits with one bank, Betterment will place them wherever rates are highest. The Economist, "Betterment wants your bank account as well as your investments," 27 July 2019 This process is tainted by the fact that the census counts prisoners as residents of wherever they’re imprisoned, rather than their original address. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "How Prisons Inflate Rural Voters’ Power," 2 Aug. 2019 Go over your wins without bragging and fill in the gaps creatively wherever needed. Liz Bentley, NBC News, "Liz Bentley: 3 foolproof ways to nail your next job interview," 2 Aug. 2019 Most weekends, their families will hop into their RVs and head to wherever the competition is that weekend, usually somewhere in New England but sometimes further, like this week in Tennessee or a past trip to Michigan. Jonah Dylan, courant.com, "Racing for as long as they could remember, two Connecticut boys ready for AMA motocross championships," 30 July 2019 The bird thrives wherever there is coastal sage scrub — their main food source — and the preserve is full of it. Ben Brazil, Daily Pilot, "The Dana Point Headlands is setting an example for how conservation can be done in urban areas," 27 July 2019 That stuff Trump said about Democrats going back to wherever? al.com, "Leave it to Cleaver: Merrill’s homophobic TV nostalgia is a political rerun we can’t stop watching," 24 July 2019 Her mother was nearby and could take Healey to doctors’ appointments, the store, wherever. Leah Brennan, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "‘What it really feeds is your soul’: Union Bridge church provides food, household goods to families in need," 22 July 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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