Definition of wherewithal in English:



  • [usually with infinitive] The money or other means needed for a particular purpose.

    ‘they lacked the wherewithal to pay’
    • ‘Luckily for them, Kilkenny did not have the wherewithal to make them pay.’
    • ‘Beyond all the wrangling, though, lie deeper-seated problems, ills that the game actually has the wherewithal to cure.’
    • ‘Since he lacks the financing to build, he lacks the wherewithal to complete his side of the contract.’
    • ‘All have the wherewithal to pay a premium for the quality of home life York offers.’
    • ‘They don't have the money or the wherewithal to want to slam him on environment.’
    • ‘A gusher of cash flow is giving businesses the wherewithal to increase their capital outlays.’
    • ‘If you had the wherewithal to afford a ‘moderate fee’ you could consult a palmist, inside a beach tent.’
    • ‘Not everyone has the time, but most have the wherewithal to make some kind of contribution.’
    • ‘They are the lucky ones: they have the wherewithal to pay for goods.’
    • ‘Yet she hasn't the wherewithal to hire lawyers to fight for what she is due.’
    • ‘Then they had the wherewithal to pick up the shotgun shells and create this fantastic call to 911.’
    • ‘The film has a beautiful cast and he had the vision and the wherewithal to make it, and he made the picture look like it cost $100 million.’
    • ‘Actually, it's the missing bits of story you're supposed to fill in that winds me up, but I lack the wherewithal to explain why.’
    • ‘If applicants have the money and wherewithal to wage a war of words, the effort usually pays off.’
    • ‘The vast majority of prisoners would lack the wherewithal to gather the witnesses and documents needed.’
    • ‘Ireland have the wherewithal to defeat a nation that has plenty of heritage but little by way of present form.’
    • ‘Few uninsured landlords and poor home owners have the wherewithal to rebuild - or the desire.’
    • ‘We need to maintain this strong economic growth as it provides the wherewithal to address the main issues facing the country.’
    • ‘The economic might means that we have the wherewithal to do whatever we need to do to meet this crisis.’
    • ‘A national media that, having been taken in, lacks the wherewithal to tell it like it is.’
    money, ready money, cash, capital, resources, funds, reserves
    means, ability, capability
    dough, bread, loot, the ready, readies, shekels, moolah, the necessary, wad, boodle, dibs, gelt, ducats, rhino, gravy, scratch, stuff, oof
    dosh, brass, lolly, spondulicks, wonga, ackers
    dinero, greenbacks, simoleons, bucks, jack, mazuma
    splosh, green, tin
    kale, rocks, shinplasters
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