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From Middle English wherwith; equivalent to where +‎ with.

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wherewith (not comparable)

  1. (archaic) With which; with what.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, [] (King James Version), London: [] Robert Barker, [], →OCLC, Matthew 5:13, column 1:
      Yee are the ſalt of the earth: But if the ſalt haue loſt his ſauour, wherewith ſhall it bee ſalted?
    • 1726 October 28, [Jonathan Swift], “The Emperor of Lilliput, Attended by Several of the Nobility, Come to See the Author in His Confinement. []”, in Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World. [] [Gulliver’s Travels], volume I, London: [] Benj[amin] Motte, [], →OCLC, part I (A Voyage to Lilliput), page 39:
      In the left there was a ſort of Engine, from the Back of which were extended twenty long Poles, reſembling the Paliſado's before your Majeſty's Court; wherewith we conjecture the Man-Mountain combs his Head, for we did not always trouble him with Queſtions, becauſe we found it a great Difficulty to make him underſtand us.
    • 1885, Christina G[eorgina] Rossetti, “December 29 [Love Came Down at Christmas]”, in Time Flies: A Reading Diary [], London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge [], →OCLC, page 251:
      Worship we the Godhead, / Love Incarnate, Love Divine, / Worship we our Jesus,— / But wherewith for sacred sign? // Love shall be our token, / Love be yours and love be mine, / Love to God and all men, / Love the universal sign.

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wherewith (usually uncountable, plural wherewiths)

  1. (archaic) Something with which; the means by which.
    Synonym: wherewithal

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Here-, there-, and where- words