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wherewithal

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conjunction where·with·al \ ˈhwer-wi-ˌt͟hȯl , ˈwer- , -ˌthȯl \

Definition of wherewithal

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Origin and Etymology of wherewithal

where + 2withal


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wherewithal

pronoun

Definition of wherewithal

First Known Use of wherewithal

1583


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wherewithal

noun

Definition of wherewithal

:means, resources; specifically :money
  • didn't have the wherewithal for an expensive dinner

Examples of wherewithal in a Sentence

  1. A project as big as this requires a lot of financial wherewithal.

  2. He doesn't have the wherewithal to finish what he started.

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Did You Know?

Wherewithal has been with us in one form or another since the 16th century. It comes from "where" and "withal" (meaning "with"), and it has been used as a conjunction meaning "with or by means of which" and as a pronoun meaning "that with or by which." These days, however, it is almost always used as a noun referring to the means or resources one has at one's disposal - especially financial resources, that is, money.

First Known Use of wherewithal

1809


WHEREWITHAL Defined for English Language Learners

wherewithal

noun

Definition of wherewithal for English Language Learners

  • : the money, skill, etc., that is needed to get or do something



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