ever

adverb ev·er \ ˈe-vər \

Definition of ever

1 : always
  • ever striving to improve
  • the ever-increasing population
2 a : 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 angry
  • am I ever happy to see you
ever and anon
: from time to time : occasionally

Examples of ever in a Sentence

  1. The crime rate is higher now than it has ever been.

  2. He's forgotten all he's ever learned about history.

  3. Have you ever been to France?

  4. She's doing fine and is as pretty as ever.

  5. No one has ever seen a better example of woodwork.

  6. Has this ever been done before?

  7. Did it ever occur to you that I might like more myself?

  8. That was the worst movie I ever saw.

  9. Technology in recent years has become ever more sophisticated.

  10. The deadline draws ever closer.

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Origin and Etymology of ever

Middle English, from Old English ǣfre

ever Synonyms

Synonyms
always, aye (also ay), e'er, eternally, everlastingly, evermore, forever, forevermore, indelibly, permanently, perpetually, for good (also for good and all), for keeps
Antonyms
ne'er, never, nevermore
Related Words
enduringly, long, perennially
Near Antonyms
once

EVER Defined for English Language Learners

ever

adverb

Definition of ever for English Language Learners

  • : at any time

  • : at all times

  • : to a greater degree


EVER Defined for Kids

ever

adverb ev·er \ ˈe-vər \

Definition of ever for Students

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


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