Definitions

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  • adv. That is to say; namely; specifically.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prep. to know; namely. See Wit, v. i.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. as follows

Etymologies

Originally that is to wit ("that is to know"); see wit. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Burgoyne's misfortunes to wit the grounds at Stillwater where the action of that name was fought, & particularly the breastworks which cost so much blood to both parties, the encampments at Saratoga & ground where the British piled their arms, the field of the battle of Bennington about 9 miles from this place.

    Letters

  • This our master pretendeth to wit and wisdom, and he hath but one wife, and yet knoweth not how to manage her.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Avoid doing aught which is displeasing to God to wit deadly sin.

    The Memoirs of the Lord of Joinville

  • I cook you five dishes for the morning and the like for the evening meal, lentils and rice and broth and stew240 and sherbet of roses; and yesternight ye sought of me a sixth dish and a seventh, to wit yellow rice and cooked pomegranate seed.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Then she applied herself to making ready the wants of the way, to wit provaunt and provender, monies and rarities for presents, camels and mules and so forth; after which she set out from her city with Ali Shar, and they ceased not faring on, till they arrived at his native place, where he entered his house and gave many gifts to his friends and alms and largesse to the poor.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Fléchier marks an inordinate propensity to wit and frivolities of language.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Fathers of the Church-Gregory XI

  • And so by the advice of Sir Launcelot, they put them all in an embushment in a wood, as nigh Carlisle as they might, and there they abode still, to wit what the king would do.

    Le Morte Darthur: Sir Thomas Malory's Book of King Arthur and of his Noble Knights of the Round Table, Volume 2

  • So we pass unto them that at the king's request made them all that were there at that high feast, as of the knights of the Table Round, for to search Sir Urre: to that intent the king did it, to wit which was the noblest knight among them.

    Le Morte Darthur: Sir Thomas Malory's Book of King Arthur and of his Noble Knights of the Round Table, Volume 2

  • "Nothing in the World can be generated," to repeat a quotation from BERNARD, without these two Substances, to wit a Male and Female: From whence it appeareth, that although these two substances are not of one and the same species, yet one Stone cloth thence arise, and although they appear and are said to be two Substances, yet in truth it is but one, to wit, Argent-vive.

    Bygone Beliefs

  • Stages of Earth which is supported by the Gav-i-Zamín, the energy, symbolised by a bull, implanted by the Creator in the mundane sphere, Bulukiya meets the four Archangels, to wit Gabriel who is the Persian Rawánbakhsh or Life-giver; Michael or Beshter, Raphael or Israfil alias Ardibihisht, and Azazel or Azrail who is Dumá or

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

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