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ˈʰwɛð ər, ˈwɛð-whether

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  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").

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. Tony Abbott:

    Tony Abbott's brand is so hard and it's so negative. It makes you wonder whether he was a one-use only brand.

  2. Anthony Fauci:

    By the end of the year, we will have a trial that has accrued a large number of people and we hopefully will get an answer, whether it works or not.

  3. Adam Schiff:

    If Adam Schiff have any question about whether the motive was mixed or not mixed, ask Ambassador Bolton.

  4. Jeremy Carlson:

    There's nothing outside the real-world experience here that really helps us evaluate whether this is better or worse or equal.

  5. Qi Yifeng:

    It's just a matter of whether it will fall more slowly, or continue to slump in freefall.

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