wherewithal


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where·with·al

 (wâr′wĭth-ôl′, -wĭth-, hwâr′-)
n.
The necessary means, especially financial means: didn't have the wherewithal to survive an economic downturn.
conj.
Wherewith.
pron.
Wherewith.

wherewithal

n
the wherewithal necessary funds, resources, or equipment (for something or to do something): these people lack the wherewithal for a decent existence.
pron
a less common word for wherewith1, wherewith2

where•with•al

(ˈʰwɛər wɪðˌɔl, -wɪθ-, ˈwɛər-)

n.
1. that with which to do something; means or supplies for the purpose or need, esp. money: the wherewithal to pay my rent.
adv.
2. by means of which; out of which.
3. Archaic. wherewith.
pron.
4. wherewith.
[1525–35]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wherewithal - the necessary means (especially financial means)
means, substance - considerable capital (wealth or income); "he is a man of means"

wherewithal

noun resources, means, money, funds, capital, supplies, ready (informal), essentials, ready money She didn't have the financial wherewithal to start a new business.

wherewithal

noun
1. The ability and the means to meet situations effectively:
resource (often used in plural), resourcefulness.
2. All things, such as money, property, or goods, having economic value:
asset (used in plural), capital, fortune, mean (used in plural), resource (used in plural), wealth.
Translations

wherewithal

[ˈwɛɒwɪðɔːl] N the wherewithal (to do sth)los medios (para hacer algo), los recursos (para hacer algo)

wherewithal

hwɛərwɪðɔːl] nmoyens mpl
the wherewithal to do sth → les moyens de faire qch

wherewithal

nnötiges Kleingeld; (= implements)Utensilien pl

wherewithal

[ˈwɛəwɪðˌɔːl] n the wherewithal (to do sth)i mezzi mpl (per fare qc)
References in classic literature ?
Thou beast without bowels of mercy, why leave me my child, yet rob me of the wherewithal to feed it?
God made you in the first place, and you've done considerable yourself to help Him along; but she gave you the wherewithal to work with, and that ain't to be despised; specially when anybody gives up her own luxuries and pleasures to do it.
Senor," replied the youth, "in this bundle I carry velvet pantaloons to match this jacket; if I wear them out on the road, I shall not be able to make a decent appearance in them in the city, and I have not the wherewithal to buy others; and so for this reason, as well as to keep myself cool, I am making my way in this fashion to overtake some companies of infantry that are not twelve leagues off, in which I shall enlist, and there will be no want of baggage trains to travel with after that to the place of embarkation, which they say will be Carthagena; I would rather have the King for a master, and serve him in the wars, than serve a court pauper.
At the inn, as I entered, I looked about me with so black a countenance as made the attendants tremble; not a look did they exchange in my presence; but obsequiously took my orders, led me to a private room, and brought me wherewithal to write.
No, sir; but it wants electricity to make it move, and the wherewithal to make the electricity--sodium to feed the elements, coal from which to get the sodium, and a coal-mine to supply the coal.
He had at first an idea of crossing by the ferry; but on gaining the riverside, he had mechanically put his hand into his pocket, and perceived that he had not wherewithal to pay his passage.
When one thinks," said Caderousse, letting his hand drop on the paper, "there is here wherewithal to kill a man more sure than if we waited at the corner of a wood to assassinate him
Borrow all the money that you can get, for I have not the wherewithal to leave these lodgings, yet cannot possibly remain in them any longer.
Rarely could the inmates of the cantonment boast of having made a full meal, and never of having wherewithal for the morrow.
Irwine in a general statement concerning the Church clergy in the surrounding district, whom he described as men given up to the lusts of the flesh and the pride of life; hunting and shooting, and adorning their own houses; asking what shall we eat, and what shall we drink, and wherewithal shall we be clothed?
Having received wherewithal to allay his hunger, he disappeared, but in the course of a day or two returned to the camp, bringing with him his son, a miserable boy, still more naked and forlorn than himself.
When thou comest into the world (whither I purpose sending thee forthwith) thou shalt not lack the wherewithal to talk.