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adverb ev·er \ˈe-vər\

Definition of ever

  1. 1 :  always ever striving to improve the ever-increasing population

  2. 2a :  at any time more than ever beforeb :  in any way how can I ever thank you

  3. 3 —used as an intensive looks ever so angry am I ever happy to see you

ever and anon

  1. :  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.

Origin and Etymology of ever

Middle English, from Old English ǣfre


First Known Use: before 12th century


EVER Defined for English Language Learners

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adverb ev·er \ˈe-vər\

Definition of ever for English Language Learners

  • : at any time

  • : at all times

  • : to a greater degree


EVER Defined for Kids

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adverb ev·er \ˈe-vər\

Definition of ever for Students

  1. 1 :  at any time Has this ever been done before?

  2. 2 :  in any way How can I ever thank you?

  3. 3 :  always 1 ever faithful



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