Meaning of “whom” in the English Dictionary

"whom" in British English

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whompronoun

us uk /huːm/ formal

B2 used instead of "who" as the object of a verb or preposition:

I met a man with whom I used to work.
He took out a photo of his son, whom he adores.
There were 500 passengers, of whom 121 drowned.
To whom do you wish to speak?

More examples

  • His strongest criticism is reserved for his father, whom he disliked intensely.
  • They have two grown children, both of whom live abroad.
  • He was very contemptuous of 'popular' writers, whom he described as having no talent.
  • Many of our distant cousins, whom we hadn't seen for years, came to my sister's wedding.
  • She disliked the president, whom she once described as an 'insufferable bore'.

Grammar

(Definition of “whom” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"whom" in American English

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whompronoun

us /hum/

whom pronoun (ADDING INFORMATION)

used as the object of a verb or after a preposition when referring to a particular person or when adding information about a person just mentioned:

The Kenyans have three runners in the race, any of whom could win.
He took out a photo of his son, whom he adores.

whom pronoun (ASKING)

used esp. in questions as the object of a verb or after a preposition, when asking which person or people, or when asking what someone’s name is:

Of whom can it truly be said that they have never been dishonest?

(Definition of “whom” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)