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Definition of whither

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to what place whither will they go
2 : to what situation, position, degree, or end whither will this abuse drive him



Definition of whither (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : to what place knew whither to go— Daniel Defoe
b : to what situation, position, degree, or end
2a : to the place at, in, or to which
b : to which place
3 : to whatever place

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Synonyms for whither

Synonyms: Adverb

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Examples of whither in a Sentence

Adverb He grew up in New York City whither his family had immigrated in the early 1920s. whither are you going, my lady?
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb And whither Elizabeth McCracken’s bizarro American epic Bowlaway? David Canfield, EW.com, "Your complete guide to 2019's literary awards season," 25 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of whither


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for whither


Middle English, from Old English hwider; akin to Latin quis who and to Old English hider hither — more at who, hither

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The first known use of whither was before the 12th century

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“Whither.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whither. Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of whither

old-fashioned + literary : to what place


whith·​er | \ ˈhwi-t͟hər How to pronounce whither (audio) , ˈwi- \

Kids Definition of whither

: to what place or situation Whither will they go?

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