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have the wherewithal to (do something)

1. To have the resources, especially financial, needed to do something. She has a fantastic business model, but does she have the wherewithal to get it off the ground? I desperately need a new computer, but I simply don't have the wherewithal to upgrade right now.
2. To have the energy or motivation needed to do something. I knew he was grieving, but I simply didn't have the wherewithal to offer him a sympathetic ear at the time. Sarah was so dejected after losing her job that she just didn't have the wherewithal to go out and look for a new one.
3. informal To have the appropriate level of savvy, initiative, common sense, or resourcefulness to do something. I was surrounded by important industry people, but I didn't have the wherewithal to introduce myself and try to promote my business. I wish I'd had the wherewithal when I was younger to start investing in a pension plan as soon as I got my first job.
See also: have, to, wherewithal

the wherewithal for (something)

1. The resources, especially financial, needed for something. She has a fantastic business model, but she'll need the wherewithal for it to get off the ground. I really need to upgrade my computer, but I simply don't have the wherewithal for that right now.
2. The energy or motivation needed for something. I knew he was grieving, but I simply didn't have the wherewithal for an emotional, sympathetic conversation at that ungodly hour. Sarah was so dejected after losing her job that finding the wherewithal to go out and look for a new one seemed impossible.
3. informal The appropriate level of savvy, initiative, common sense, or resourcefulness for something. Usually used after "have," especially in negative constructions. I was surrounded by important industry people, so I should have been introducing myself and trying to promote my business. Sadly, I just didn't have the wherewithal for that at the time. I'm starting to wonder whether or not the new Senior Content Manager has the wherewithal for the position.
See also: for, wherewithal

the wherewithal to (do something)

1. The resources, especially financial, needed to do something. She has a fantastic business model, but she'll need the wherewithal to get it off the ground. I desperately need a new computer, but I simply don't have the wherewithal to upgrade right now.
2. The energy or motivation needed to do something. I knew he was grieving, but I simply didn't have the wherewithal to offer him a sympathetic ear at the time. Sarah was so dejected after losing her job that finding the wherewithal to go out and look for a new one seemed impossible.
3. informal The appropriate level of savvy, initiative, common sense, or resourcefulness to do something. Usually used after "have," especially in negative constructions. I was surrounded by important industry people, but I didn't have the wherewithal to introduce myself and try to promote my business. I wish I'd had the wherewithal when I was younger to start investing in a pension plan as soon as I got my first job.
See also: to, wherewithal
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

*wherewithal (to do something)

the means to do something, especially energy or money. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) He has good ideas, but he doesn't have the wherewithal to carry them out. I could do a lot if only I could get the wherewithal.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

wherewithal

(ˈʍɛrwɪθɑl)
1. n. money. I don’t have the wherewithal to invest in anything like that.
2. n. motivation; gumption. As soon as I get some wherewithal, I’ll get a new computer.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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