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 That’s already more than a single U.S. storm has ever rained. Juliet Linderman, The Seattle Times, "Harvey, the unwelcome visitor that just won’t leave," 30 Aug. 2017 Brawl in Cell Block 99 is due out on October 6, and may just be Vince Vaughn's second-best acting role ever. Tom Philip, GQ, "Vince Vaughn's Pivot to Bleak, Violent Drama Continues in This Brawl in Cell Block 99 Trailer," 30 Aug. 2017 Likewise, a new study found that first-time fathers are also older than ever. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "First-time Dads Are Older Than Ever Before," 30 Aug. 2017 The movie earned nine Academy Awards, including the first-ever for an African American actor: Hattie McDaniel won Best Supporting Actress. Southern Living, "Gone with the Wind is Gone From a Memphis Theater for This Controversial Reason," 30 Aug. 2017 The aggressive missile launch – likely the longest ever from North Korea – over the territory of a close United States ally sends a clear message of defiance as Washington and Seoul conduct war games nearby. The Christian Science Monitor, "North Korea's unprecedented missile test draws ire of Trump and Abe," 29 Aug. 2017 Yasin was born and brought up in the northern territory that has been a source of tension, and the cause of three wars, between India and Pakistan ever since 1947, when the colonial British quit the subcontinent. TIME.com, "Capturing Conflict, and Covering Home, in Kashmir," 29 Aug. 2017 The company has kicked off its first ever instant-win game, giving away nearly 36 million prizes and coupons with purchase of large or extra large coffee, tea or hot chocolate beverages, according to a news release. Doreen Christensen, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Dunkin' Donuts: Peel and win freebies, prizes and coupons with new instant-win game," 29 Aug. 2017 Now, perhaps more than ever, Andrews and others have Washington behind them in the person of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Kate Murphy, Cincinnati.com, "Accused students find sympathetic ear with Trump administration," 28 Aug. 2017

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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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“Ever.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ever?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=e&file=ever0001. Accessed 22 Feb. 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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