What does whether mean?

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ˈʰwɛð ər, ˈwɛð-whether

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Wiktionary

  1. whether(Pronoun)

    Which of two.

    Etymology: hwæþer, from hwaþeraz, comparative form of hwaz. Cognate with German weder, Swedish hvar, Icelandic hvorr.

  2. whether(Conjunction)

    ; if, whether or not.

    Do you know whether he's coming?

    Etymology: hwæþer, from hwaþeraz, comparative form of hwaz. Cognate with German weder, Swedish hvar, Icelandic hvorr.

  3. whether(Conjunction)

    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?

    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") .

  4. whether(Conjunction)

    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.

    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") .

  5. whether(Conjunction)

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

    Do you know whether he's coming?

    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") .

  6. whether(Conjunction)

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

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

    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

    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.]

  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

    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

How to pronounce whether?

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    Daniel
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    Karen
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    Veena
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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. Jeb Bush:

    I know a Republican can win, whether it's me or somebody else.

  2. Roger Federer:

    Good, regardless of whether I would have won or not, i was well prepared. I had a good Wimbledon, a good offseason, recovered well and trained really hard. I knew I was going to be ready for the Open.

  3. William Bottke:

    In an explosion, there is often collateral damage, where nearby buildings and innocent bystanders are affected, investigators can learn about the explosive device and the explosion itself by studying what happened to people, infrastructure, and whether trace amounts of the explosive device can be found among the blast damage. Here, the 'innocent bystanders' were the main-belt asteroids.

  4. Juana Summers of Mashable:

    He's built up a campaign with more than 50 paid staffers on the ground, just added a new press secretary, so it will be interesting to see whether or not he can turn these big crowds and attention that he's got across the country into a real force in Iowa that can reckon with Camp Clinton. And he said Saturday he thinks the Camp Clinton campaign is getting a little bit nervous about Camp Clinton.

  5. Terry Sullivan:

    There's nobody in the administration, the Senate or a governor's mansion that it doesn't cross State Mike Pompeo mind to run for president. State Mike Pompeo all think about it, the question is whether State Mike Pompeo pull the trigger or not, terry Sullivan( State Mike Pompeo) is one of the few people in the administration who looks pretty good right now to all sides.

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