ev·​er | \ ˈe-vər How to pronounce ever (audio) \

Definition of ever

1 : always ever striving to improve the ever-increasing population
2a : at any time more than ever before
b : in any way how can I ever thank you
3 used as an intensive looks ever so angryam I ever happy to see you
ever and anon
: from time to time : occasionally

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Examples of ever in a Sentence

The crime rate is higher now than it has ever been. He's forgotten all he's ever learned about history. Have you ever been to France? She's doing fine and is as pretty as ever. No one has ever seen a better example of woodwork. Has this ever been done before? Did it ever occur to you that I might like more myself? That was the worst movie I ever saw. Technology in recent years has become ever more sophisticated. The deadline draws ever closer.
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Recent Examples on the Web During Wednesday’s meeting, held in a virtual format for the second consecutive year because of COVID-19 concerns, Kurzius sought to assure shareholders that the spice maker is emerging from the pandemic stronger than ever. Lorraine Mirabella, baltimoresun.com, "McCormick shareholders ask about shortages, hear about growth," 31 Mar. 2021 This is especially true when many of our workplaces have been busier than ever. Johnny C. Taylor Jr., USA TODAY, "How to address an offensive gift at office holiday party: Ask HR," 31 Mar. 2021 The user is more in control than ever, especially on iPhone, where Apple has been developing new features to protect one’s privacy. Chris Smith, BGR, "Researcher says Android collects 20x more data than iOS, but even Apple says that’s wrong," 31 Mar. 2021 From the periphery of the heroin and opioid crisis, garnering the national spotlight, meth has quietly resurged more dangerous than ever. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, "A deadly trick: Mexican cartels sneak meth into US in candles shaped like penises, pharaohs," 31 Mar. 2021 As needs mount, overdose deaths reach new record highs, and public coffers come under additional strain, proceeds from opioid lawsuits — including the huge multidistrict litigation in Ohio — are needed now more than ever. Marvin D. Seppala, STAT, "Money from opioid lawsuits is urgently needed now," 30 Mar. 2021 Today’s home weather stations are cheaper, more powerful, and do more than ever. Christopher Null, Wired, "The Best Home Weather Stations," 30 Mar. 2021 Thanks to a major website redesign and a new online collection database, browsing the historic museum’s holdings from home is easier than ever, reports Alaa Elassar for CNN. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "You Can Now Explore the Louvre’s Entire Collection Online," 30 Mar. 2021 Warnock said voter rights in Georgia are more important than ever in wake of the election. Marlene Lenthang, ABC News, "WNBA star Renee Montgomery opens up about battles off the court for racial equality," 29 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of ever

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ever

Middle English, from Old English ǣfre

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The first known use of ever was before the 12th century

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3 Apr 2021

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“Ever.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ever. Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ever

: at any time
formal : at all times
: to a greater degree


ev·​er | \ ˈe-vər How to pronounce ever (audio) \

Kids Definition of ever

1 : at any time Has this ever been done before?
2 : in any way How can I ever thank you?
3 : always sense 1 ever faithful

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