- 1Expressing a doubt or choice between alternatives: he seemed undecided whether to go or stay it is still not clear whether or not he realizesMore example sentences
- I would also like to see our children have more of a choice about whether or not to leave the county.
- I have had considerable doubt as to whether or not the award was so high that we should reduce it.
- They had planned for this, but he still doubted whether or not it was really going to work.
- 1.1Expressing an enquiry or investigation (often used in indirect questions): I’ll see whether she’s at homeMore example sentences
- If he did, he ought then to have made enquiries as to whether it was possible to claim damages.
- Police are investigating whether he was the victim of a racially motivated attack.
- This is the time to examine whether you wish to invest in an Individual Savings Account.
- 1.2Indicating that a statement applies whichever of the alternatives mentioned is the case: I’m going whether you like it or notMore example sentences
- It is important to check whether cashback limits are applied on a monthly or annual basis.
- It could indicate whether the cops were or weren't staying within the bounds of the law.
- Indicate whether you are a parent, a teacher or a pupil, and let us know your take on the debate.
Old English hwæther, hwether, of Germanic origin; related to German weder 'neither'.
On the difference between whether and if, see if (usage).
More definitions of whetherDefinition of whether in:
- The US English dictionary