wherewithal (Also wherewithals) : Related Words Words similar in meaning to wherewithal


  • adjective satellite necessary for relief or supply
    needed; required; requisite.
    • provided them with all things needful

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Of which; of whom; formerly, also, with which; -- used relatively.
I do not find the certain numbers whereof their armies did consist. Sir J. Davies.
Let it work like Borgias' wine, Whereof his sire, the pope, was poisoned. Marlowe.
Edward's seven sons, whereof thyself art one. Shak.

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  • adverb despite anything to the contrary (usually following a concession)
    nonetheless; nevertheless; however; all the same; even so; notwithstanding; still; yet.
    • although I'm a little afraid, however I'd like to try it
    • while we disliked each other, nevertheless we agreed
    • he was a stern yet fair master
    • granted that it is dangerous, all the same I still want to go
  • adverb together with this

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  • verb put in effect
    fulfil; execute; carry out; carry through; action; fulfill.
    • carry out a task
    • execute the decision of the people
    • He actioned the operation
  • verb to gain with effort
    reach; attain; achieve.
    • she achieved her goal despite setbacks

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On which; -- used relatively; as, the earth whereon we live.
O fair foundation laid whereon to build. Milton.

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  • noun your personal financial means
    • that car is too expensive for my pocketbook
  • noun a pocket-size case for holding papers and paper money
    notecase; wallet; billfold.

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At which place; where. Obs. Chaucer.
At last they came whereas that lady bode. Spenser.

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At which; upon which; whereupon; -- used relatively.
They vote; whereat his speech he thus renews. Milton.
Whereat he was no less angry and ashamed than desirous to obey Zelmane. Sir P. Sidney.

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To which; -- used relatively. "Whereto we have already attained." Phil. iii. 16.
Whereto all bonds do tie me day by day. Shak.

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Into which; -- used relatively.
Where is that palace whereinto foul things Sometimes intrude not? Shak.
The brook, whereinto he loved to look. Emerson.

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  • noun the quality of being able to perform; a quality that permits or facilitates achievement or accomplishment
  • noun possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done
    • danger heightened his powers of discrimination

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  • noun how a result is obtained or an end is achieved
    agency; way.
    • a means of control
    • an example is the best agency of instruction
    • the true way to success
  • noun an instrumentality for accomplishing some end

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  • noun the real physical matter of which a person or thing consists
    • DNA is the substance of our genes
  • noun the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience
    kernel; center; centre; nitty-gritty; essence; sum; meat; heart; pith; nub; heart and soul; core; inwardness; marrow; gist.
    • the gist of the prosecutor's argument
    • the heart and soul of the Republican Party
    • the nub of the story

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Upon which; in consequence of which; after which.
The townsmen mutinied and sent to Essex; whereupon he came thither. Clarendon.

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  • noun the necessary means (especially financial means)

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  • noun any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted
    project; undertaking; labor.
    • he prepared for great undertakings
  • noun a specific piece of work required to be done as a duty or for a specific fee
    job; chore.
    • estimates of the city's loss on that job ranged as high as a million dollars
    • the job of repairing the engine took several hours
    • the endless task of classifying the samples
    • the farmer's morning chores

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By which; -- used relatively. "You take my life when you take the means whereby I life." Shak.

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With which; -- used relatively.
The love wherewith thou hast loved me. John xvii. 26.

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  • adjective satellite necessary for relief or supply
    needed; needful; requisite.
    • provided them with all things needful
  • verb require as useful, just, or proper
    call for; require; necessitate; involve; need; take; demand; ask; postulate.
    • It takes nerve to do what she did
    • success usually requires hard work
    • This job asks a lot of patience and skill
    • This position demands a lot of personal sacrifice
    • This dinner calls for a spectacular dessert
    • This intervention does not postulate a patient's consent

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  • adverb where in the world

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At or in what place; hence, in what situation, position, or circumstances; -- used interrogatively.
God called unto Adam, . . . Where art thou? Gen. iii. 9.
✍ See the Note under What, pron., 1.

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