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 (wâr-ĕv′ər, hwâr-)
1. In or to whatever place: used red pencil wherever needed.
2. Where: Wherever have you been so long? See Usage Note at whatever.
In or to whichever place or situation: He seems to make enemies wherever he goes.
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1. at, in, or to every place or point which; where: wherever she went, he would be there.
2. (subordinating) in, to, or at whatever place: wherever we go the weather is always bad.
3. no matter where: I'll find you, wherever you are.
4. informal at, in, or to an unknown or unspecified place: I'll go anywhere to escape: London, Paris, or wherever.
5. an intensive form of where, used in questions: wherever can they be?.
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(ʰwɛərˈɛv ər, wɛər-)

1. in, at, or to whatever place.
2. in any case or condition: wherever it is heard of.
3. where? (used emphatically): Wherever did you find that?
[before 1000]
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1. used in place clauses

You use wherever in place clauses to say that something happens or is true in every place where something else happens or is true.

These plants grow wherever there is enough light.
Wherever I looked, I saw broken glass.

You can also use wherever to say that something is true and that it does not matter what place is involved.

Wherever it is, I can't find it.
2. used with 'possible'

Wherever is sometimes used in front of adjectives such as possible and practicable. When it is used like this, it has a similar meaning to 'when' or 'whenever'.

Experts agree that, wherever possible, children should enjoy learning.
3. used in questions

Wherever is sometimes used when asking a question, to express surprise.

Wherever did you get that idea?
Wherever have you been?

However, many people consider this form to be incorrect, and it is better to write where ever as two separate words.

Where ever did you get that hat?
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.wherever - where in the world
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أيْنَما، أي مَكانحَيْثُما، أيْنَما
hvor i alverdenhvor som helsthvorendligegyldigt hvor
n’importe oùn'importe où
ahova csakakárholbárhova
hvarhvert semhvert sem, hvar sem
kamkoľvekkde, prebohatam kam/kde
her nereye/neredeneredenerede/nereye/neresi ...-seneredennereye


1. (= no matter where) → dondequiera que
he follows me wherever I gome sigue dondequiera que or por donde vaya
wherever you go I'll go too(a)dondequiera que vayas or vayas donde vayas yo te acompañaré
wherever I am(esté) donde esté
wherever they went they were cheeredles recibían con aplausos dondequiera que fueran or fueran a donde fueran
I'll buy them wherever they come fromlos compraré no importa su procedencia, los compraré vengan de donde vengan
2. (= anywhere) → donde
sit wherever you likesiéntate donde te parezca bien
wherever possibledonde sea posible
1. in Madrid, London, or whereveren Madrid, Londres o donde sea
he comes from Laxey, wherever that ises de Laxey, a saber dónde está eso
2. (in questions) → ¿dónde demonios or diablos?
wherever did you put it?¿dónde demonios lo pusiste?
wherever can they have got to?¿dónde diablos se habrán metido?
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adv (in questions)où donc
Wherever have you been? → Où donc étais-tu?
Wherever did you get that idea? → Où donc as-tu été chercher ça?
conjoù que + subj
I hope that wherever they are now, they are together → J'espère que, où qu'il soient maintenant, ils sont ensemble.
Some people enjoy themselves wherever they are → Certaines personnes se plaisent où qu'elles soient.
Sit wherever you like
BUT Asseyez-vous où vous voulez.
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(= no matter where)egal or einerlei wo, wo (auch) immer; wherever it came fromegal or einerlei or ganz gleich, woher es kommt, woher es auch kommt
(= anywhere, in or to whatever place)wohin; we’ll go wherever you likewir gehen, wohin Sie wollen; he comes from Bishopbriggs, wherever that is or may beer kommt aus Bishopbriggs, wo auch immer das sein mag
(= everywhere)überall wo; wherever you see this signüberall, wo Sie dieses Zeichen sehen
advwo nur, wo bloß; wherever have I seen that before?wo habe ich das nur or bloß schon gesehen?; wherever did you get that hat?wo haben Sie nur or bloß diesen Hut her?; in London or Liverpool or whereverin London oder Liverpool oder sonstwo
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1. conjdovunque + sub
wherever you go I'll go too → dovunque tu vada andrò anch'io
wherever they went they were cheered → venivano acclamati dovunque andassero
Udine, wherever that is → un posto che non so dove sia ma che si chiama Udine
sit wherever you like → siediti dove vuoi
2. adv
a. in Naples, Florence, or wherevera Napoli, Firenze o in qualche altro posto
b. (in questions) → dove
wherever did he put it? → dove (mai) l'ha messo?
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(weə) adverb
(to or in) which place (?). Where are you going (to)?; Do you know where we are?; Where does he get his ideas from?; We asked where to find a good restaurant.
relative pronoun
((to or in) the place) to or in which. It's nice going on holiday to a place where you've been before; This is the town where I was born; It's still where it was; I can't see him from where I am.
ˌwhereaˈbouts adverb
near or in what place(?). Whereabouts is it?; I don't know whereabouts it is.
ˈwhereabouts noun singular or plural
the place where a person or thing is. I don't know his whereabouts.
whereˈas conjunction
when in fact; but on the other hand. He thought I was lying, whereas I was telling the truth.
whereˈby relative pronoun
by which.
ˌwhereuˈpon conjunction
at or after which time, event etc. He insulted her, whereupon she slapped him.
wherˈever relative pronoun
1. no matter where. I'll follow you wherever you may go; Wherever he is he will be thinking of you.
2. (to or in) any place that. Go wherever he tells you to go.
(also where ever) used in questions or exclamations to express surprise etc. Wherever did she get that hat?
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References in classic literature ?
I write this, it is hardly necessary to say, under the impression that, wherever he may now be living, he is settled in the place for some little time.
His master suspended a bell about his neck so that the Dog might give notice of his presence wherever he went.
"But the Nurse," said the Candidate - "the Nurse will surely relate the touching incident wherever she goes, and perhaps write to her former master."
With anxious grapnels I had sounded my pocket, and only brought up a few pieces of silver, --So, wherever you go, Ishmael, said I to myself, as I stood in the middle of a dreary street shouldering my bag, and comparing the gloom towards the north with the darkness towards the south --wherever in your wisdom you may conclude to lodge for the night, my dear Ishmael, be sure to inquire the price, and don't be too particular.
But wherever it may turn there always will be the wave anticipating its movement.
Many new acquaintances were formed and many old ones renewed, and wherever she went Dorothy found herself among friends.
But wherever I found living things, there heard I also the language of obedience.
Wherever you and Jane are known you must be respected and valued; and you will not appear to less advantage for having a couple of-- or I may say, three-- very silly sisters.
And it kept looking round, and saying 'wherever is the rest of me got to?' And then its eyes looked unhappy--"
And it will, I believe, be universally found to be true, that wherever in two regions, let them be ever so distant, many closely allied or representative species occur, there will likewise be found some identical species, showing, in accordance with the foregoing view, that at some former period there has been intercommunication or migration between the two regions.
When the body that lived at your single will When the whimper of welcome is stilled (how still!) When the spirit that answered your every mood Is gone wherever it goes--for good, You will discover how much you care, And will give your heart to a dog to tear!
About twelve by the moon-dial One, more filmy than the rest(A kind which, upon trial, They have found to be the best) Comes down - still down - and down With its centre on the crown Of a mountain's eminence, While its wide circumference In easy drapery falls Over hamlets, over halls, Wherever they may be - O'er the strange woods - o'er the sea - Over spirits on the wing - Over every drowsy thing - And buries them up quite In a labyrinth of light - And then, how deep!