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Definitions for wherefore
ˈʰwɛərˌfɔr, -ˌfoʊr, ˈwɛər-where·fore

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. why, wherefore(noun)

    the cause or intention underlying an action or situation, especially in the phrase `the whys and wherefores'


  1. wherefore(Noun)

    An intent or purpose; a why.

  2. wherefore(Adverb)

    Why, for what reason, because of what.

  3. wherefore(Adverb)


  4. wherefore(Conjunction)

    Because of which.

  5. Origin: From wherfor, wherfore, hwarfore, equivalent to . Compare waarvoor, wofür, and hvorfor, varför. More at where, for.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wherefore

    for which reason; so; -- used relatively

  2. Wherefore

    for what reason; why; -- used interrogatively

  3. Wherefore(noun)

    the reason why

  4. Origin: [Where + for.]

How to pronounce wherefore?

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How to say wherefore in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wherefore in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wherefore in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of wherefore in a Sentence

  1. William Shakespeare:

    O Romeo, Romeo wherefore art thou Romeo

  2. William Shakespeare, "Romeo and Juliet", Act 2 scene 2:

    O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?

  3. William Shakespeare:

    There is occasions and causes why and wherefore in all things.

  4. Dante Alighieri:

    O human race born to fly upward, wherefore at a little wind dost thou fall.

  5. William Shakespeare:

    Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo Deny thy father, and refuse thy name...

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