N-SING: the N, oft N to-inf, N for n/-ing
If you have the wherewithal for something, you have the means, especially the money, that you need for it.

She didn't have the financial wherewithal to do it...

Some of the companies illegally sent the wherewithal for making chemical weapons.


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(with which to accomplish any purpose)

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  • Wherewithal — Where with*al , adv. & n. Wherewith. Wherewithal shall we be clothed? Matt. vi. 31. [1913 Webster] Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? Ps. cxix. 9. [1913 Webster] [The builders of Babel], still with vain design, New Babels, had they… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wherewithal — meaning ‘the means or resources for something’, is always used with the: • You don t need the intellectual wherewithal to function in society Steven Pinker, 1994 …   Modern English usage

  • wherewithal — [hwer′with ôl΄, wer′with ôl΄] n. that with which something can be done; necessary means, esp. money: usually with the [the wherewithal to continue one s education] adv., conj. archaic var. of WHEREWITH …   English World dictionary

  • wherewithal — index assets, expedient, instrumentality, means (funds), means (opportunity), money, resource …   Law dictionary

  • wherewithal — (adv.) means by which, 1530s, from WHERE (Cf. where) + WITHAL (Cf. withal). The noun is first recorded 1809 …   Etymology dictionary

  • wherewithal — ► NOUN ▪ the money or other resources needed for a particular purpose …   English terms dictionary

  • wherewithal — n. resources 1) the wherewithal for (to have the wherewithal for a trip abroad) 2) the wherewithal to + inf. (they didn t have the wherewithal to conduct a successful political campaign) * * * [ weəwɪðɔːl] the wherewithal to + inf. (they didn t… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • wherewithal — [“AverwiGal] 1. n. money. □ I don’t have the wherewithal to invest in anything like that. □ I’ve got the interest but not the wherewithal. 2. n. motivation; gumption. □ I just don’t have the wherewithal to do the job …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • wherewithal — where|with|al [ˈweəwıðo:l US ˈwerwıðo:l] n [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: wherewithal with which (to buy ...) (16 19 centuries), from where + withal] the wherewithal to do sth the money, skill etc that you need in order to do something = ↑means ▪ Does …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • wherewithal — 1. noun /ˌwɛə.wɪˈðl,ˈwɛə.wɪ.ðɔːl,ˈwɛɹ.wɪ.ðɔl,ˈwɛɹ.wɪ.θɔl,ˈwɛɹ.wɪ.ðɑl,ˈwɛɹ.wɪ.θɑl/ The ability and means required to accomplish some task. I would like to help your project, but I do not have the wherewithal. 2. adverb… …   Wiktionary

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