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whatever

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

Definition of whatever

1 a :anything or everything that
  • take whatever you want
b :no matter what
  • whatever he says, they won't believe him
c :whatnot
  • enjoys skiing, hiking, or whatever
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!

First Known Use of whatever

14th century

whatever Synonyms

Synonyms
what all, whatnot
Related Words
anything; whichever

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whatever

adjective

Definition of whatever

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

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First Known Use of whatever

14th century


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whatever

adverb

Definition of whatever

: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

Recent Examples of whatever from the Web

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First Known Use of whatever

1870

whatever Synonyms

Synonyms
anyhow, anyway, anyways [chiefly dialect], regardless
Related Words
after all, however, nevertheless; always


WHATEVER Defined for English Language Learners

whatever

pronoun

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


whatever

adjective

Definition of whatever for English Language Learners

  • : all the

  • : any : any…that

  • —used to refer to something that is not known


whatever

adverb

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

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

Definition of whatever for Students

1 :anything or everything that
  • Take whatever you need.
2 :no matter what
  • Whatever you do, don't cheat.
3 :what in the world
  • Whatever made you do that?

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whatever

adjective

Definition of whatever for Students

1 :any and all :any … that
  • Take whatever money you need.
2 :of any kind at all
  • There's no food whatever.


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