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 intensivelooks 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 Wisconsin Democratic Party Chairman Ben Wikler called it the biggest grassroots fundraiser the party has ever held. Scott Bauer, Star Tribune, "Stars reunite for 'Princess Bride' Democratic fundraiser," 14 Sep. 2020 Yet her mournful eyes spoke to me of a person who knew that nothing astonishing would ever happen in her life. Buku Sarkar, The New York Review of Books, "Sharmila, the Chaiwalla, and Me," 14 Sep. 2020 Murray, who last season became only the just the second NFL rookie quarterback to ever pass for at least 3,500 yards and also rush for 500 yards or more, did something else this offseason to help keep him healthy and productive in 2020. Bob Mcmanaman, The Arizona Republic, "Kyler Murray plans to cut sack total in half, stay healthy though range of motion training," 13 Sep. 2020 The Greek alphabet has only ever been used during the 2005 hurricane season, when the season produced storms Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon and Zeta. Nancy Niles, USA TODAY, "Tropical depression likely to become 'near hurricane' strength as it moves across Florida into Gulf of Mexico," 13 Sep. 2020 No one will ever need to worry about rust on this highly valuable muscle car. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "New Shelby Mustang is 'stunning perfection' at $298,000," 13 Sep. 2020 Not that Italians would ever liquidate their national collections, but art, as was the case in the Leonardo show, became a political cudgel in disputes with the French, having nothing to do with art. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Reforms Boost Italian Museums," 12 Sep. 2020 While the force is routinely summoned for search-and-rescue operations in the state, none has ever looked quite like this. Lizzie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, "The burning forest lit the way," 12 Sep. 2020 As the news coverage became ever more shrill, investigators got to work trying to trace the source of the bug. Geoff White, Wired, "The 20-Year Hunt for the Man Behind the Love Bug Virus," 12 Sep. 2020

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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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17 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ever.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ever. Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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How to pronounce ever (audio)

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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