Definition of wherever in English:


relative adverb

  • 1In or to whatever place (emphasizing a lack of restriction)

    ‘meet me wherever you like’
    • ‘Have you ever felt the desire to contemplate your very own Zen garden wherever you are, whatever the time?’
    • ‘However, whatever, wherever they play, blues guitarists all have a common aim.’
    • ‘I refuse to feel afraid to walk wherever I like at whatever time of night wearing whatever I like.’
    • ‘Whatever and wherever you choose to eat, I hope you enjoy your Branson vacation.’
    • ‘And now, wherever you go, whatever you do, you find yourself dominated by his evil presence.’
    • ‘You're free to buy whatever you want from wherever you want, it all goes back to the same place eventually.’
    • ‘None of the people in this film would be spending time together in the real world, wherever and whatever that is.’
    • ‘Will and his team sit and chat, or just listen, meeting needs and helping wherever they can.’
    • ‘Independence Day should be the rallying point of all our people, whatever and wherever their origins.’
    • ‘Since Evil is only a lack of Good, wherever there is Evil there must be Good.’
    • ‘For the sake of the future, the truth must be pursued relentlessly wherever and whatever it leads to.’
    • ‘Whatever your age, wherever you live and whoever you are, rhythm and movement are common to everyone.’
    • ‘In the end, students will study whatever suits them, wherever it suits them.’
    • ‘Whatever you are, wherever you come from, you are the same in the one world.’
    • ‘I'll try and use influences wherever I can, whatever the style.’
    • ‘Enjoy your festive season wherever you and whatever you do - Peace on Earth and goodwill to all!’
    • ‘Which gives you a pretty broad spectrum of A-list clothing whatever your age, wherever you shop.’
    • ‘American arms have triumphed over those of their enemies wherever the two have met.’
    • ‘I'm not down on people finding love online, in their local supermarket or at the dogs, wherever, whatever, it's all good.’
    • ‘These can take place wherever I am, whatever I'm doing - and don't need a quiet room or for me to be on my knees.’
    1. 1.1In all places; regardless of where.
      ‘it should be available wherever you go to shop’
      • ‘Your account will provide you with a username and password to access the service wherever it is available.’
      • ‘We've never believed in hit-and-run touring, or just going wherever is available.’
      • ‘He also suggests off-road parking of autos at junctions wherever such a facility is available.’
      • ‘It could be Kazakhstan, the web's available there, wherever someone could access the world wide web.’
      • ‘It will arouse interest in every Crossmolina person wherever they live and are available in shops locally and elsewhere.’
      • ‘Whenever and wherever drugs are available, human nature will drive people to take them.’
      • ‘Not many appear to care for world prehistory wherever granite is available for quarrying.’
      • ‘Human rights abuses should be criticised wherever they occur, and without regard to who the victims are.’
      • ‘All the job involves is making yourself available for the occasional brief meeting wherever the occasion calls for it.’
      • ‘Molina is one of those rare souls who takes himself wherever he is musically inclined to go regardless of trend, be it over- or underground.’
      • ‘The stress is on working with materials available locally, wherever they are building.’
      • ‘For that to be the case, the voucher should be available to be spent wherever.’
      • ‘Victoria liked the idea of the holiness of the cross watching over her son regardless of wherever he goes in life and whatever he's doing.’
      • ‘The true view is that wherever the remedy of rescission is available it operates to restore the status quo ante so far as that is possible.’
      • ‘Clijsters has already won two big titles in Indian Wells and Miami and everyone regards her as the sentimental favourite wherever she goes.’
      • ‘This isn't specifically about America so much as it is about the use of available power and the opportunistic grabs to extend it wherever possible.’
      • ‘The crew bunked wherever there were available cots in the six-man tents that dotted the muddy base.’
      • ‘I read in your FAQ that the blog posts as the Pacific time zone regardless of wherever you might be posting it.’
      • ‘The cartridges for both are typically available wherever you buy the faucet.’
      • ‘You store the shows that you want to watch, and have them available wherever you happen to be.’

interrogative adverb

  • Used for emphasis instead of ‘where’ in questions, typically expressing surprise or confusion.

    ‘wherever can he have gone to?’


  • In every case when.

    ‘use wholegrain breakfast cereals wherever possible’
    • ‘Some say that wherever Selfridges is based it will attract shoppers and that it will act as a magnet to other top stores wanting to be in the vicinity.’
    • ‘I mean, wherever things were to be photographed he went, and away he went and things happened in front of his camera.’
    • ‘Mr Wood said aid had to be sent wherever people needed water, food and shelter but he warned there was no overall single answer to the problem of poverty.’
    • ‘He brought him to the school playground, to the school bus, wherever Stephen was, there was Thomas.’
    • ‘I have made a point of buying organic, wherever possible and making sure that there is always raw fruit and veg on hand.’
    • ‘Apply the wax in the direction of the wood grain wherever possible and rub it in gently until the color blends with the floor.’
    • ‘This last discovery on Europa is especially exciting because there may be life wherever water is discovered.’
    • ‘When you fight terror in Afghanistan, wherever terror is being felt, we have to be patient.’
    • ‘Although the internet resists regulation, wherever regulation is technically possible, it tends to be pursued.’
    • ‘It is virtually a global issue and more prevalent in the South East Asian nations and wherever Indians live.’


See however


  • or wherever

    • informal Or any similar place.

      ‘they need to keep in touch with their editors in New York or Washington or wherever’
      • ‘I absolutely hate sweaty people who sit next to me - on the bus or jeepney or wherever.’
      • ‘And whenever or wherever I go, there is this curiosity about what will happen next.’
      • ‘There he is in The Unicorn or The Crown or wherever in Hampstead just after his roast beef and Yorkshire pud.’
      • ‘Is seeing where everyone else is at this stage something we need to know we are okay where we are or wherever we're headed?’
      • ‘Rent seeking behavior was a typical feature of the former communist states or wherever there exists high state control.’
      • ‘It doesn't look as if anyone - in Canberra or London or wherever did much.’
      • ‘Well you are in China or South Korea or wherever, it is their country, they are not required to speak your language.’
      • ‘All we remark upon is that the people of Australia, or Spain, or wherever, have swung to the right, or to the left.’
      • ‘Apparently, back in Iowa, or Kansas, or wherever, that is just the way young men are brought up.’
      • ‘You can have your riots in Barcelona or wherever, but not here.’