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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Musk’s latest online pronouncement complicates an already chaotic takeover, potentially one of the largest acquisitions the internet industry has ever seen. Edwin Chan / Bloomberg, Time, 17 May 2022 On the inaugural episode of Podcrushed, premiering May 18, Badgley and Meester reminisce about meeting on the set of a horror movie neither of them have ever seen. Lester Fabian Brathwaite, EW.com, 17 May 2022 One of the most successful ever was a 2020 mission operated by the Ocean Voyages Institute that brought 103 tons of marine debris to land after 48 days at sea. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 17 May 2022 According to Hulsing, none of the designers have ever been to San Antonio, which is where the showrunner Purdy grew up. Wilson Chapman, Variety, 17 May 2022 Questions of gender equality have long surrounded the Cannes Film Festival, where no more than five female filmmakers have ever been a part of the Palme competition lineup and only two women directors have won it. Jake Coyle, USA TODAY, 17 May 2022 No one in the country had ever seen a high-scoring forward who could also play defense with such intensity. Michael Hunt, Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2022 This is not entirely new—nothing ever is—but the crossbreeding of clownishness and politics has never been so intense. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 16 May 2022 If there was ever a time to grow and flourish beyond business as usual, now would be it. Jennifer Collins, Forbes, 16 May 2022 See More

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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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21 May 2022

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“Ever.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ever. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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