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whatever

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pronoun what·ev·er \hwät-ˈe-vər, wät-, (h)wət-\

Definition of whatever

  1. 1a :  anything or everything that take whatever you wantb :  no matter what whatever he says, they won't believe himc :  whatnot enjoys skiing, hiking, or whatever

  2. 2 :  what 1a(1) —used to express astonishment or perplexity whatever do you mean by that

Examples of whatever in a Sentence

  1. What's that smell? I don't know, but whatever it is, it's awful!

  2. Whatever you do, don't press that button!

14th Century

First Known Use of whatever

14th century


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whatever

adjective what·ev·er

Definition of whatever

  1. 1a :  any … that :  all … that buy peace … on whatever terms could be obtained — C. S. Foresterb :  no matter what money, in whatever hands, will confer power — Samuel Johnson

  2. 2 :  of any kind at all —used after the substantive it modifies with any or with an expressed or implied negative in any order whatever — W. G. Moulton no food whatever

Examples of whatever in a Sentence

  1. She will buy the painting at whatever price.

  2. There's no evidence whatever to support your theory.

14th Century

First Known Use of whatever

14th century


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whatever

adverb what·ev·er

Definition of whatever

  1. :  in any case :  whatever the case may be —sometimes used interjectionally to suggest the unimportance of an issue or decision between alternatives go see a movie, watch TV,— whatever

Examples of whatever in a Sentence

  1. whatever the reviews say, I still think it was a great play

1870

First Known Use of whatever

1870



WHATEVER Defined for English Language Learners

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whatever

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pronoun what·ev·er \hwät-ˈe-vər, wät-, (h)wət-\

Definition of whatever for English Language Learners

  • : anything or everything that

  • : no matter what : regardless of what

  • —used in questions that express surprise or confusion

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whatever

adjective what·ev·er

Definition of whatever for English Language Learners

  • : all the

  • : any : any…that

  • —used to refer to something that is not known

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whatever

adverb what·ev·er

Definition of whatever for English Language Learners

  • —used to show that something said or done is not important


WHATEVER Defined for Kids

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whatever

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pronoun what·ev·er \hwät-ˈe-vər, hwət-, wät-, wət-\

Definition of whatever for Students

  1. 1 :  anything or everything that Take whatever you need.

  2. 2 :  no matter what Whatever you do, don't cheat.

  3. 3 :  what in the world Whatever made you do that?


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adjective what·ev·er

Definition of whatever for Students

  1. 1 :  any and all :  any … that Take whatever money you need.

  2. 2 :  of any kind at all There's no food whatever.



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