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First Known Use of wherewithal
Examples of wherewithal in a Sentence
A project as big as this requires a lot of financial wherewithal.
He doesn't have the wherewithal to finish what he started.
Recent Examples of wherewithal from the Web
This time around, Mr. Harmon recommended that the owners skip an auction and instead target prospective buyers who had both the wherewithal to buy the complex and a likelihood of obtaining governmental approval.
There is a major new player with some strong financial wherewithal on the Louisville historic preservation scene.
The future of choice lies in trusting and empowering parents — all parents, not just those who have the power, prestige, or financial wherewithal to make choices.
All three have the financial wherewithal to get a deal done, and the Cardinals and Phillies in particular have the prospect inventory.
Yes, the $8-billion contract provided the Dodgers with the wherewithal to construct a roster capable of blowing away the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs in the NLCS.
Either the beloved, quick-witted Eagle Scout Cooper has lost his wherewithal while wandering the passages between worlds or the dreamer is finally beginning to wake up for real.
Most obviously, this would include kids from underserved populations, who might lack the wherewithal to purchase intensive test preparation.
Additionally, the people most likely to be found dead are the elderly, the infirm and the people who were isolated from others — along with folks who didn’t have the means or wherewithal to flee.
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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
Synonymsbankroll, coffers, exchequer, finances, pocket, resources, fund
Related Wordsshirt; bread [slang], cash, chips, currency, dough, gold, jack [slang], legal tender, lucre, pelf, scratch [slang], tender, wampum; assets, capital, deep pockets, fortune, means, opulence, riches, roll, substance, wealth; purse, treasury; cash flow; financing
Near Antonymsdebts, liabilities; indebtedness
WHEREWITHAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of wherewithal for English Language Learners
: the money, skill, etc., that is needed to get or do something
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