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where·​in (h)wer-ˈin How to pronounce wherein (audio)
: in what : in what particular or respect
wherein was I wrong


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

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
The growing field of agrivoltaics, wherein land is used for both food production and energy generation, has, in fact, made land use more efficient by interspersing conventional solar arrays between rows of crops. Naoki Nitta, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Jan. 2023 The locals host sick rituals, too, wherein miscreants are cloned and then forced to witness their own executions. Peter Debruge, Variety, 22 Jan. 2023 In 2021, the GBTC premium turned into a GBTC discount (wherein GBTC shares began trading for less than the underlying Bitcoin). John Hyatt, Forbes, 10 Jan. 2023 The novel, which uses Selin’s college reading list, and her reactions wherein, to catalog her search for meaning in a world that feels out of her reach, is delightfully analog in nature. Seija Rankin, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Dec. 2022 The Abyss’s most intense sequence, wherein Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio’s character drowns and is revived by her ex-husband (Harris), immediately follows a scene where they’re trapped together in a crippled, rapidly flooding mini-sub. Chris Klimek, Vulture, 16 Dec. 2022 In other words, there’s no linear cause and effect wherein movement boosts mood and mood, in turn, boosts creativity. Cari Shane, Discover Magazine, 20 Apr. 2022 Its suiting is also a standout, wherein the designer takes outdoor influences to make rugged-looking trousers and blazers. Maverick Li, Men's Health, 29 Dec. 2022 Such a collision is perhaps most on display in the scene at Chapultepec Castle, wherein the protagonist in the present gets swept up in the battle that happened there in 1847 between Mexico and the United States. Charlie Hobbs, Condé Nast Traveler, 16 Dec. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use


13th century, in the meaning defined above


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

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The first known use of wherein was in the 13th century

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“Wherein.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wherein. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adverb
where·​in hwer-ˈin How to pronounce wherein (audio)
: in what : in what way
wherein was I wrong


2 of 2 conjunction
: in which
the city wherein we live

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