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[hwair-with, -with , wair-] /ʰwɛərˈwɪθ, -ˈwɪð, wɛər-/
adverb, conjunction
Literary. with which; by means of which.
  1. with what?
  2. because of which; by reason of which.
  3. whereupon; at which.
Archaic. that by which; that with which.
Rare. wherewithal.
Origin of wherewith
1150-1200; Middle English wherwith. See where, with Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for wherewith
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  • Many a time have my men had to visit our nets a mile or two off to get wherewith for our breakfast.

    Canadian Wilds Martin Hunter
  • wherewith the chairman gave way to the younger of the two girls.

    The Convert Elizabeth Robins
  • If the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted?

    The Problem of Truth H. Wildon Carr
  • No; to the babe is given the desire because the mother has wherewith to satisfy.

    The Golden Fountain Lilian Staveley
  • More seems not merely to be brought to me, but more to exist, wherewith to unite it all, within myself.

    Laurus Nobilis Vernon Lee
  • When there was no deer to be had wherewith to finish his repast, he said nothing.

    The Indian Fairy Book Cornelius Mathews
  • As they have two sorts of weights, so they have also two sorts of measures, wherewith they measure cloth, both linen and woollen.

    The Discovery of Muscovy Richard Hakluyt
  • He is the salt of the earth, and if the salt lose its savor, wherewith shall it be salted?

  • Suddenly she found words—poverty-stricken words, it's true, but the best she had wherewith to express herself.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • He felt in his pocket for the wherewith to pay for the drink, and missed his money.

    The Young Trawler R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for wherewith


/wɛəˈwɪθ; -ˈwɪð/
(often foll by an infinitive) with or by which: the pen wherewith I am wont to write
something with which: I have not wherewith to buy my bread
with what?
sentence connector
with or after that; whereupon
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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