where·​in | \ (h)wer-ˈin How to pronounce wherein (audio) , (ˌ)(h)wər- \

Definition of wherein

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: in what : in what particular or respect wherein was I wrong



Definition of wherein (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : in which : where the city wherein he lives
b : during which
2 : in what way : how showed me wherein I was wrong

Synonyms for wherein

Synonyms: Adverb

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Examples of wherein in a Sentence

Adverb Wherein lies the secret to the company's success? wherein this document can be demonstrated to be out of compliance with current standards, that section will be considered null and void Conjunction the city wherein he lives There was a period in her life wherein she took no active part in politics. He showed me wherein I was wrong.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb There may also be instances wherein your website visitors want to schedule an appointment with you ASAP. Michael Fox, Forbes, 10 June 2022 Such a thought process is ironic given the already ‘water stressed’ situation in India wherein the current water availability is about 1500 m³ per capita per annum. Niyati Seth, Quartz, 8 June 2022 But while many shows are technically selling out, venue owners say no-show rates, wherein a customer purchases a ticket but doesn’t attend, remain higher than in 2019. Caitlin Huston, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 June 2022 Calkins bases her popular curriculum, Units of Study, around the practice of the reader/writer workshop model — wherein students choose their own books and writing projects — and ... James Furey, National Review, 31 May 2022 This is a peek at the experimental side of the label, wherein certain fragrances are only available in certain locations. Adam Hurly, Robb Report, 29 May 2022 After more than a decade of disruption, Hollywood has hit the most precarious point of its digital revolution, wherein aging linear operations in TV and film are growing weaker faster than the new platforms can become profitable. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 25 May 2022 Where mother and child find themselves, as characters in so many scary movies do, is in a house beside a lake, wherein resides the stuff of nightmares. John Anderson, WSJ, 12 May 2022 Alternately, approach No. 2 is a high-frequency strategy wherein people exert a jerky, rapidly changing force on the mug. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 2 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of wherein


13th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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20 Jun 2022

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“Wherein.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wherein. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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where·​in | \ hwer-ˈin How to pronounce wherein (audio) , wer- \

Kids Definition of wherein

1 : in what way
2 : in which

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