Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • pro. The thing or things with which.
  • conj. By means of which.
  • adv. Obsolete With what or which.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. With which; with what.
  • n. Something with which; the means by which.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. With which; -- used relatively.
  • adv. With what; -- used interrogatively.
  • n. The necessary means or instrument.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • With what or whom?
  • With which; also, as compound relative, that with which.
  • [Wherewith is colloquially used as a noun iu the phrase the wherewith (compare the commoner equivalent, phrase the wherewithal)—that is, what is necessary or required; means.

Etymologies

From where +‎ with. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely: and this is the name wherewith she shall be called, The LORD our righteousness.

    Probably Just One Of Those Funny Coincidences

  • He would have given anything, everything for power to ask this simple question, but glib as was his tongue in pulpits and on platforms, now he could not find a word wherewith to express the plain wish of his heart.

    Barchester Towers

  • Of the terms wherewith his arguing in this case is clouded and darkened, enough hath been remarked already.

    The Doctrine of the Saints��� Perseverance Explained and Confirmed

  • God grant that we may never preach to you any thing but what we may labour to have an experience of the power of it in our own hearts, and to profit ourselves by the word wherewith we design to profit others!

    Several Practical Cases of Conscience Resolved

  • Perion de la Forêt, "said Melicent, and ballad-makers have never shaped a phrase wherewith to tell you of her voice," I know that you have dabbled in dishonour no more often than an archangel has pilfered drying linen from a hedgerow.

    Domnei A Comedy of Woman-Worship

  • Is this the witness thou wilt bear, and do dishonour to the calling wherewith He hath called thee, because He hath done thee so great honour, and deemed thee worthy of being summoned to bear witness in so great a cause?

    XLIX

  • Therefore, give heed to God and His will, and to the calling wherewith He has called you, that ye may follow it in integrity and singleness of heart.

    The History and Life of the Reverend Doctor John Tauler with Twenty-Five of his Sermons

  • Nature, some may say, is a word wherewith we clothe the unknowable; and few things authorise our crediting it with intelligence, or with aim.

    The Life of the Bee

  • It was on the tip of my tongue to tell him how cleverly the two scoundrels had used his name wherewith to entrap me on the previous night.

    Hushed Up! A Mystery of London

  • The conscience thus purged -- the heart thus sprinkled -- there is light within wherewith to see God.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

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