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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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 So the ultimate answer might be to deploy living bacteria after all, which would flourish wherever antibiotics accumulate. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "Bacteria That Eat Drugs Could Help Solve the Antibiotic Resistance Crisis," 8 Nov. 2018 The ruling is not, however, a blanket approval to ban immigration from wherever the president wants. Alan Gomez, USA TODAY, "What Supreme Court ruling on travel ban means for other countries," 26 June 2018 Just on the streets of Tribeca, or wherever, there are just so many amazing women. Katie Devlin, Vogue, "How the Beauty Pioneers Behind Tenoverten Take Their Less-Is-More Philosophy Into Fashion," 9 Nov. 2018 There is life virtually wherever there is liquid water on Earth, so the search for life outside Earth often focuses on water. Charles Q. Choi, Space.com, "Why Alternate Universes Might Also Host Life Around their Stars," 26 Sep. 2018 Grown-ups told me she’d gone to heaven, but wherever and whatever that was made no sense to me at all. Bea Lewis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Understanding their cries | Opinion," 5 July 2018 The waterfront home, located at 3140 North Bay Road, features six bedrooms and 7.5 baths — plenty of space to host friends and family whenever, wherever. Rene Rodriguez, miamiherald, "Shakira is selling her Miami Beach home for $11.6 million," 1 June 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 , 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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