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to wit

That is; more precisely; namely. Often used in technical or formal writing. The officer testified to having found several grams of a Class B narcotic, to wit, cocaine, on the defendant's person at the time of arrest. The plot is absolutely absurd, such as it is—to wit, an axe-wielding murderer teams up with a cyborg cop to stop an alien invasion.
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to wit

namely; that is; that is to say. The criminal was punished; to wit, he received a 20-year sentence. Many students, to wit Mary, Bill, Sue, and Anne, complained about their teacher.
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to wit

That is to say, namely, as in There are three good reasons for not going, to wit, we don't want to, we don't have to, and we can't get a reservation . This expression comes from the now archaic verb to wit, meaning "know or be aware of," not heard except in this usage. [Late 1500s]
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to ˈwit

(old-fashioned, formal) used when you are about to be more exact about something you have just referred to: I told him I only spoke one foreign language, to wit French.
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to wit

That is to say; namely.
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to wit

Namely, that is to say. This expression comes from the sixteenth-century archaic verb to wit, meaning to know or be aware of. The current usage has long been a cliché. It often appears before a list of some kind, as in, “His whole family plans to attend, to wit, his parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, and cousins.”
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A GMP spokesman said: "Shortly before 9am on Wednesday, November 28, police were called to a report that suspected human remains had been seen in the River Irwell near to Whit Lane, Pendleton.
He rushes to Sonia's to apologise to Whit and explain he just needed time.
After leaving Brotton, there isn't another speed bump anywhere all the way to Whit by (19 miles) and only a camera speed sign at Easington and slow down "light up" sign at Whit by West Cliff.
Earth to Whit, Earth to Whit: Studio 54 and its spawn were not straight enclaves with a token gay couple imported from some leather dungeon for colorful window dressing, hard as you may try to reinvent the myth.
But there's far more to Whit Friday than the march contests.