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whither

[hwith -er, with -] /ˈʰwɪð ər, ˈwɪð-/
adverb
1.
to what place? where?
2.
to what end, point, action, or the like? to what?
conjunction
3.
to which place.
4.
to whatever place.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English, variant of Middle English, Old English hwider, alteration of hwæder (cognate with Gothic hwadre), modeled on hider hither
Can be confused
hence, hither, thence, thither, whence, whither, yon (see usage note at whence)
weather, whether, whither, wither (see synonym study at wither)
whither, wither.
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  • Once the hoarder pulls out all the stops, you will see your support system whither.
  • People who are natural leaders never think with the crowd, whither they are pretty or ugly.
  • He laid her again across the saddle before him, and rode on, reckless whither.
  • In the following year, the second sister received permission to mount upward through the water and to swim whither she pleased.
  • For it were an inconvenient thing that the blessed should not be at liberty to go whither they would.
British Dictionary definitions for whither

whither

/ˈwɪðə/
adverb
1.
to what place?
2.
to what end or purpose?
conjunction
3.
to whatever place, purpose, etc
Word Origin
Old English hwider, hwæder; related to Gothic hvadrē; modern English form influenced by hither
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Word Origin and History for whither
adv.

Old English hwider, from Proto-Germanic *khwi- "who" (see who) + -der as in hither and thither. Cf. Gothic hvadre.

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