What does Whether mean?

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ˈʰwɛð ər, ˈwɛð-Whether

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Wiktionary

  1. whetherpronoun

    Which of two.

  2. whetherconjunction

    ; if, whether or not.

    Do you know whether he's coming?

  3. whetherconjunction

    Introducing a direct interrogative question which indicates doubt between alternatives.

    whether ys it easyer to saye to the sicke of the palsey, thy synnes ar forgeven the: or to saye, aryse, take uppe thy beed and walke?

  4. whetherconjunction

    Used to introduce an indirect interrogative question that consists of multiple alternative possibilities.

    He chose the correct answer, but I don't know whether it was by luck or by skill.

  5. whetherconjunction

    Without a correlative, used to introduce a simple indirect question.

    Do you know whether he's coming?

  6. whetherconjunction

    Used to introduce a disjunctive adverbial clause which qualifies the main clause of the sentence.

    He's coming, whether you like it or not.

  7. Etymology: Old English hwæþer, from Proto-Germanic *hwaþeraz, comparative form of *hwaz ("who"). Cognate with English either, German weder ("neither"), Swedish var, Icelandic hvor ("each of two, which of two").

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Whetheradverb

    A particle expressing one part of a disjunctive question in opposition to the other.

    Etymology: hwœðer , Saxon.

    As they, so we have likewise a publick form, how to serve God both morning and evening, whether sermons may be had or no. Richard Hooker.

    Resolve whether you will or no. William Shakespeare, Rich. III.

    Perkins’s three counsellors registered themselves sanctuarymen; and whether upon pardon obtained, or continuance within the privilege, they were not proceeded with. Francis Bacon.

    If we adjoin to the lords, whether they prevail or not, we engulph ourselves into assured danger. John Hayward.

    Then did’st thou found that order, whether love
    Or victory thy royal thoughts did move,
    Each was a noble cause. John Denham.

    Epictetus forbids a man, on such an occasion, to consult with the oracle whether he should do it or no, it being necessary to be done. Decay of Piety.

    Whether by health or sickness, life or death, mercy is still contriving and carrying on the spiritual good of all who love God. Robert South, Sermons.

    This assistance is only offered to men, and not forced upon them, whether they will or no. John Tillotson.

    When our foreign trade exceeds our exportation of commodities, our money must go to pay our debts, whether melted or not. John Locke.

    Whether it be that the richest of these discoveries fall not into the pope’s hands, or for some other reason, the prince of Farnese will keep this seat from being turned up, ’till one of his own family is in the chair. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

  2. Whetherpronoun.

    Which of two.

    Whither when they came, they fell at words
    Whether of them should be the lord of lords. Hubberd’s Tale.

    Whether of them twain did the will of his father? Mat. xxi.

    Whether is more beneficial, that we should have the same yearly quantity of heat distributed equally, or a greater share in Summer, and in Winter a less? Richard Bentley.

    Let them take whether they will: if they deduce all animals from single pairs, even to make the second of a pair, is to write after a copy. Richard Bentley.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Whether

    which (of two); which one (of two); -- used interrogatively and relatively

  2. Whether

    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 indicated by the particle not or no after the correlative, and sometimes it is omitted entirely as being distinctly implied in the whether of the first

  3. Etymology: [OE. whether, AS. hwer; akin to OS. hwear, OFries. hweder, OHG. hwedar, wedar, G. weder, conj., neither, Icel. hvrr whether, Goth. hwaar, Lith. katras, L. uter, Gr. , , Skr. katara, from the interrogatively pronoun, in AS. hw who. . See Who, and cf. Either, Neither, Or, conj.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Whether

    hweth′ėr, interrog. and rel. pron. signifying which of two.—conj. which of two alternatives.—interrog. adv. introducing the first of two questions, the second being introduced by or—also conj.Whether or no (coll.), in any case, surely. [A.S. hwæther, from hwá, who, with the old comp. suffix -ther; cog. with Goth. hwathar, Ger. weder; also with L. uter, Gr. koteros, Sans. katara. Cf. Other and Alter.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Whether' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #277

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Whether' in Written Corpus Frequency: #265

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Whether in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Whether in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Whether in a Sentence

  1. Joshua Warren:

    The big question at this point is not whether or not we have these anomalies, but what's causing them? Is this something natural that gives us a window a gateway into another world or another level of reality? Or is this the byproduct of some kind of weird technology, be it something secret and man-made or something that's extraterrestrial?

  2. Donald Trump:

    The polls might be good, but a lot of them say they are going to vote in 2020, but they're not going to vote if I'm not on a ballot, i think we're doing well, I think we're popular, but there's a real question as to whether people are going to vote if I'm not on the ballot. And I'm not on the ballot.

  3. Maria Sharapova:

    That's why I still continue to do this, because I have that passion of figuring things out and getting it done, whether it's a tough day, or whether it's a great day.

  4. Angela Estes:

    He just wants to do what he wants to do, and I find it very hard to establish the authority that whether he wants to do it or not, it's what we're going to do.

  5. First Liberty:

    Ask whether they are also going to be refraining from any of these medications and from all products whose development involved fetal cells at some point. Note response in memo. this guidance memo is one of the worst constitutional violations I’ve ever seen, and we’ve seen some doozies at First Liberty.

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