Whether meaning

wĕth'ər, hwĕth'-
Used in indirect questions to introduce one alternative.

We should find out whether the museum is open.

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Either.

He passed the test, whether by skill or luck.

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Either.

Taxation to support the war, whether just or unjust.

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Which.
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If it be the case or fact that.

Ask whether she will help.

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In case; in either case that.
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Which (esp. of two)
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Bible, Matthew xxi. 31

Whether of them twain did the will of his father?

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1616, William Shakespeare, King John, I.i.

Whether hadst thou rather be a Faulconbridge, [...] Or the reputed sonne of Cordelion?

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Used to introduce an indirect interrogative question that consists of multiple alternative possibilities (usually with correlative or).

He chose the correct answer, but whether by luck or by skill I don't know.

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Without a correlative, used to introduce a simple indirect question; if, whether or not.

Do you know whether he's coming?

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Used to introduce a disjunctive adverbial clause which qualifies the main clause of the sentence (with correlative or).

He's coming, whether you like it or not.

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Whether is defined as a word used to introduce an alternative.

An example of whether is what someone would say when asking her child if she would like vanilla or chocolate ice cream.

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Used to introduce alternative possibilities.

Whether she wins or whether she loses, this is her last tournament.

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Origin of whether

Old English hwæþer, from Proto-Germanic *hwaþeraz, comparative form of *hwaz (“who"). Cognate with German weder (“neither"), Swedish hvar, Icelandic hvorr (“each").