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whatever

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pronoun what·ev·er \hwät-ˈe-vər, wät-, (h)wət-\

Simple Definition of whatever

  • : anything or everything that

  • : no matter what : regardless of what

  • —used in questions that express surprise or confusion

Full Definition of whatever

  1. 1 a :  anything or everything that <take whatever you want> b :  no matter what <whatever he says, they won't believe him> c :  whatnot <enjoys skiing, hiking, or whatever>

  2. 2 :  what 1a(1) —used to express astonishment or perplexity <whatever do you mean by that>

Examples of whatever

  1. What's that smell? I don't know, but whatever it is, it's awful!

  2. Whatever you do, don't press that button!



14th Century

First Known Use of whatever

14th century


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whatever

adjective what·ev·er

Simple Definition of whatever

  • : all the

  • : any : any…that

  • —used to refer to something that is not known

Full Definition of whatever

  1. 1 a :  any … that :  all … that <buy peace … on whatever terms could be obtained — C. S. Forester> b :  no matter what <money, in whatever hands, will confer power — Samuel Johnson>

  2. 2 :  of any kind at all —used after the substantive it modifies with any or with an expressed or implied negative <in any order whatever — W. G. Moulton> <no food whatever>

Examples of whatever

  1. She will buy the painting at whatever price.

  2. There's no evidence whatever to support your theory.



14th Century

First Known Use of whatever

14th century


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whatever

adverb what·ev·er

Simple Definition of whatever

  • —used to show that something said or done is not important

Full Definition of whatever

  1. :  in any case :  whatever the case may be —sometimes used interjectionally to suggest the unimportance of an issue or decision between alternatives <go see a movie, watch TV,— whatever>

Examples of whatever

  1. <whatever the reviews say, I still think it was a great play>



1870

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1870



WHATEVER Defined for Kids

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whatever

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pronoun what·ev·er \hwät-ˈe-vər, hwət-, wät-, wət-\

Definition of whatever

  1. 1 :  anything or everything that <Take whatever you need.>

  2. 2 :  no matter what <Whatever you do, don't cheat.>

  3. 3 :  what in the world <Whatever made you do that?>




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whatever

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adjective what·ev·er

Definition of whatever

  1. 1 :  any and all :  any … that <Take whatever money you need.>

  2. 2 :  of any kind at all <There's no food whatever.>





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