I. conjunction Etymology: where + 2withal Date: 1534 wherewith II. pronoun Date: 1583 wherewith III. noun Date: 1809 means, resources; specifically money <
didn't have the wherewithal for an expensive dinner

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

(with which to accomplish any purpose)

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  • Wherewithal — Where with*al , adv. & n. Wherewith. Wherewithal shall we be clothed? Matt. vi. 31. [1913 Webster] Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? Ps. cxix. 9. [1913 Webster] [The builders of Babel], still with vain design, New Babels, had they… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wherewithal — meaning ‘the means or resources for something’, is always used with the: • You don t need the intellectual wherewithal to function in society Steven Pinker, 1994 …   Modern English usage

  • wherewithal — [hwer′with ôl΄, wer′with ôl΄] n. that with which something can be done; necessary means, esp. money: usually with the [the wherewithal to continue one s education] adv., conj. archaic var. of WHEREWITH …   English World dictionary

  • wherewithal — index assets, expedient, instrumentality, means (funds), means (opportunity), money, resource …   Law dictionary

  • wherewithal — (adv.) means by which, 1530s, from WHERE (Cf. where) + WITHAL (Cf. withal). The noun is first recorded 1809 …   Etymology dictionary

  • wherewithal — ► NOUN ▪ the money or other resources needed for a particular purpose …   English terms dictionary

  • wherewithal — n. resources 1) the wherewithal for (to have the wherewithal for a trip abroad) 2) the wherewithal to + inf. (they didn t have the wherewithal to conduct a successful political campaign) * * * [ weəwɪðɔːl] the wherewithal to + inf. (they didn t… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • wherewithal — [“AverwiGal] 1. n. money. □ I don’t have the wherewithal to invest in anything like that. □ I’ve got the interest but not the wherewithal. 2. n. motivation; gumption. □ I just don’t have the wherewithal to do the job …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • wherewithal — where|with|al [ˈweəwıðo:l US ˈwerwıðo:l] n [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: wherewithal with which (to buy ...) (16 19 centuries), from where + withal] the wherewithal to do sth the money, skill etc that you need in order to do something = ↑means ▪ Does …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • wherewithal — [[t](h)we͟ə(r)wɪðɔːl[/t]] N SING: the N, oft N to inf, N for n/ ing If you have the wherewithal for something, you have the means, especially the money, that you need for it. She didn t have the financial wherewithal to do it... Some of the… …   English dictionary

  • wherewithal — 1. noun /ˌwɛə.wɪˈðl,ˈwɛə.wɪ.ðɔːl,ˈwɛɹ.wɪ.ðɔl,ˈwɛɹ.wɪ.θɔl,ˈwɛɹ.wɪ.ðɑl,ˈwɛɹ.wɪ.θɑl/ The ability and means required to accomplish some task. I would like to help your project, but I do not have the wherewithal. 2. adverb… …   Wiktionary

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