Whether Wheth"er, pron. [OE. whether, AS. hw[ae]?er; akin to OS. hwe?ar, OFries. hweder, OHG. hwedar, wedar, G. weder, conj., neither, Icel. hv[=a]rr whether, Goth. hwa?ar, Lith. katras, L. uter, Gr. ?, ?, Skr. katara, from the interrogatively pronoun, in AS. hw[=a] who. ????. See {Who}, and cf. {Either}, {Neither}, {Or}, conj.] Which (of two); which one (of two); -- used interrogatively and relatively. [Archaic] [1913 Webster]

Now choose yourself whether that you liketh. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

One day in doubt I cast for to compare Whether in beauties' glory did exceed. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

Whether of them twain did the will of his father? --Matt. xxi. 31. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • whether — 1. For the choice between if and whether, see if 2. 2. When the alternative to the whether clause is a simple negative, this can take several forms, but whether or not is now more usual than whether or no: • I brooded all the way whether or not I …   Modern English usage

  • Whether — Wheth er, conj. In case; if; used to introduce the first or two or more alternative clauses, the other or others being connected by or, or by or whether. When the second of two alternatives is the simple negative of the first it is sometimes only …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whether — [hweth′ər, weth′ər] conj. [ME < OE hwæther (akin to Ger weder, neither) < IE * kwotero , which (of two) < base * kwo , who (> WHAT) + compar. suffix] 1. if it be the case or fact that: used to introduce an indirect question [ask… …   English World dictionary

  • whether — O.E. hwæðer, hweðer which of two, whether, from P.Gmc. *khwatharaz (Cf. O.S. hwedar, O.N. hvarr, Goth. huaþar, O.H.G. hwedar which of the two, Ger. weder neither ), from interrogative base *khwa who (see WHO (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • whether — ► CONJUNCTION 1) expressing a doubt or choice between alternatives. 2) expressing an enquiry or investigation. 3) indicating that a statement applies whichever of the alternatives mentioned is the case. USAGE Whether and if are more or less… …   English terms dictionary

  • whether */*/*/ — UK [ˈweðə(r)] / US [ˈweðər] / US [ˈhweðər] conjunction Collocations: Both whether and if can be used to introduce indirect questions of the type that expect a yes/no answer: She asked if/whether I liked jazz. Use whether, but not if, before an… …   English dictionary

  • whether — conjunction 1 used when talking about a choice you have to make or about two different possibilities: He asked me whether she was coming. | The decision whether to see her was mine alone. | whether or not: I coudn t decide whether or not to go to …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • whether — wheth|er [ weðər, hweðər ] conjunction *** 1. ) used when someone does not know which of two possibilities is true: They asked us whether we were married. There is some doubt as to whether the illness is infectious. whether...or: She doesn t even …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • whether*/*/*/ — [ˈweðə] conjunction 1) used when someone does not know which of two possibilities is true They asked us whether we were married.[/ex] She doesn t even know whether her daughter is dead or alive.[/ex] 2) used when someone can choose between two… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • whether — [[t](h)we̱ðə(r)[/t]] ♦ 1) CONJ SUBORD You use whether when you are talking about a choice or doubt between two or more alternatives. To this day, it s unclear whether he shot himself or was murdered... Whether it turns out to be a good idea or a… …   English dictionary

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