Definition of wherewithal in US English:



the wherewithal
  • usually with infinitive The money or other means needed for a particular purpose.

    ‘they lacked the wherewithal to pay’
    • ‘Beyond all the wrangling, though, lie deeper-seated problems, ills that the game actually has the wherewithal to cure.’
    • ‘They are the lucky ones: they have the wherewithal to pay for goods.’
    • ‘They don't have the money or the wherewithal to want to slam him on environment.’
    • ‘Since he lacks the financing to build, he lacks the wherewithal to complete his side of the contract.’
    • ‘The vast majority of prisoners would lack the wherewithal to gather the witnesses and documents needed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If you had the wherewithal to afford a ‘moderate fee’ you could consult a palmist, inside a beach tent.’
    • ‘Luckily for them, Kilkenny did not have the wherewithal to make them pay.’
    • ‘Yet she hasn't the wherewithal to hire lawyers to fight for what she is due.’
    • ‘The economic might means that we have the wherewithal to do whatever we need to do to meet this crisis.’
    • ‘A gusher of cash flow is giving businesses the wherewithal to increase their capital outlays.’
    • ‘Few uninsured landlords and poor home owners have the wherewithal to rebuild - or the desire.’
    • ‘A national media that, having been taken in, lacks the wherewithal to tell it like it is.’
    • ‘We need to maintain this strong economic growth as it provides the wherewithal to address the main issues facing the country.’
    • ‘If applicants have the money and wherewithal to wage a war of words, the effort usually pays off.’
    • ‘Not everyone has the time, but most have the wherewithal to make some kind of contribution.’
    • ‘Ireland have the wherewithal to defeat a nation that has plenty of heritage but little by way of present form.’
    • ‘Then they had the wherewithal to pick up the shotgun shells and create this fantastic call to 911.’
    • ‘All have the wherewithal to pay a premium for the quality of home life York offers.’
    • ‘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.’
    money, ready money, cash, capital, finance, finances, resources, funds, reserves
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