why+and+wherefore

  • 1 why and wherefore — {n.} The answer to a question or problem. Usually used in the plural. * /Father told him not to always ask the whys and wherefores when he was told to do something./ …

    Dictionary of American idioms

  • 2 why and wherefore — {n.} The answer to a question or problem. Usually used in the plural. * /Father told him not to always ask the whys and wherefores when he was told to do something./ …

    Dictionary of American idioms

  • 3 why\ and\ wherefore — noun the answer to a question or problem. Usually used in the plural. Father told him not to always ask the whys and wherefores when he was told to do something …

    Словарь американских идиом

  • 4 wherefore — [hwer′fôr′, wer′fôr′] adv. [ME hwarfore: see WHERE & FOR1] Archaic for what reason or purpose? why? [wherefore are you angry?] conj. Archaic 1. for which [the reason wherefore we have met] 2. on account of which; b …

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  • 5 why — [hwī, wī] adv. [ME hwi < OE, instrumental case of hwæt, WHAT] for what reason, cause, or purpose? with what motive?: used in direct, indirect, and implied questions [why did he go? he told her why he went] conj. 1. because of which; on account …

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  • 6 why — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adv. wherefore? what for? for what cause? how come? (sl.). See cause, attribution. II (Roget s IV) modif. , conj. & interrog. Syn. for what reason?, how so?, how?, how is it that?, on whose account?,… …

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  • 7 wherefore — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. why?, for what?, for which reason?, therefore, so, accordingly, thereupon. II (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun 1. That which provides a reason or justification: call, cause, ground (often used in plural), justification,… …

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  • 8 wherefore — See: WHY AND WHEREFORE …

    Dictionary of American idioms

  • 9 wherefore — See: WHY AND WHEREFORE …

    Dictionary of American idioms

  • 10 wherefore — See: why and wherefore …

    Словарь американских идиом

  • 11 Why — Why, adv. [OE. whi, why, AS. hw[=i], hw?, instrumental case of hw[=a], hw[ae]t; akin to Icel. hv[=i] why, Dan. & Sw. hvi; cf. Goth. hw?. ?. See {Who}.] [1913 Webster] 1. For what cause, reason, or purpose; on what account; wherefore; used… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 12 why — 1. adverb /ʍaɪ,waɪ/ For what cause, reason, or purpose. Why did you do that? Syn: how come 2. conjunction …

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  • 13 wherefore — adverb, conjunction old use 1 used to ask why something has happened: Wherefore comest thou? 2 for that reason: Skills are the art of doing, wherefore they must be taught by practical example. see also: whys and wherefores why 3 …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 wherefore — Synonyms and related words: accordingly, after all, after which, all things considered, argument, because of that, because of this, before the bench, before the court, ceteris paribus, consequently, considering, ergo, everything being equal,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 15 why — Synonyms and related words: Chinese puzzle, argument, baffling problem, brain twister, conundrum, crossword puzzle, crux, enigma, enigmatic question, excuse, explanation, floorer, for which, for why, from what cause, ground, how come, jigsaw… …

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  • 16 why — 1 /waI/ adverb, conjunction 1 for what reason: Why do you say that? | Why should we bother waiting any longer? | I can t think why he would do such a thing. | why ever...? (=used to add force to a question): Why ever would he come specially to… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 wherefore — /hwair fawr , fohr , wair /, adv. 1. Archaic. for what? why? 2. for that cause or reason: Wherefore let us be grateful. n. 3. the cause or reason: to study the whys and wherefores of a situation. [1150 1200; ME; see WHERE, FOR] Syn. 2. See… …

    Universalium

  • 18 wherefore — where|fore [ˈweəfo: US ˈwerfo:r] adv, conj [Date: 1100 1200; Origin: where + for] old use used to ask why ▪ Wherefore art thou Romeo? →whys and wherefores at ↑why3 …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 wherefore — where•fore [[t]ˈ(h)wɛərˌfɔr, ˌfoʊr, ˈwɛər [/t]] adv. 1) for that cause or reason: Wherefore let us be grateful[/ex] 2) archaic for what? why? 3) the cause or reason: to study the whys and wherefores of a situation[/ex] …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 wherefore — I. adverb Etymology: Middle English wherfor, wherfore, from where, wher + for, fore for Date: 13th century 1. for what reason or purpose ; why 2. therefore II. noun Date: 1590 an answer or statement gi …

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