Definition of wherewithal in English:



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

    ‘they lacked the wherewithal to pay’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Not everyone has the time, but most have the wherewithal to make some kind of contribution.’
    • ‘Luckily for them, Kilkenny did not have the wherewithal to make them pay.’
    • ‘They are the lucky ones: they have the wherewithal to pay for goods.’
    • ‘If applicants have the money and wherewithal to wage a war of words, the effort usually pays off.’
    • ‘Few uninsured landlords and poor home owners have the wherewithal to rebuild - or the desire.’
    • ‘A gusher of cash flow is giving businesses the wherewithal to increase their capital outlays.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Since he lacks the financing to build, he lacks the wherewithal to complete his side of the contract.’
    • ‘We need to maintain this strong economic growth as it provides the wherewithal to address the main issues facing the country.’
    • ‘Then they had the wherewithal to pick up the shotgun shells and create this fantastic call to 911.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All have the wherewithal to pay a premium for the quality of home life York offers.’
    • ‘Yet she hasn't the wherewithal to hire lawyers to fight for what she is due.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Beyond all the wrangling, though, lie deeper-seated problems, ills that the game actually has the wherewithal to cure.’
    • ‘They don't have the money or the wherewithal to want to slam him on environment.’
    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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