whenever

conjunction
when·​ev·​er | \ hwe-ˈne-vər How to pronounce whenever (audio) , we-, (h)wə-\

Definition of whenever

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: at any or every time that

whenever

adverb

Definition of whenever (Entry 2 of 2)

: at whatever time

Examples of whenever in a Sentence

Conjunction

You may leave whenever you wish. Whenever he leaves the house he always takes an umbrella. The teacher welcomes originality whenever it is shown. We'll begin the meeting whenever the boss gets here.

Adverb

You can come tomorrow or whenever.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Of course, there’s lots of water in the river and officials put out warnings whenever there is an actual health risk. oregonlive.com, "Would you eat a fish caught in the Willamette River?," 7 June 2019 And whenever an armed citizen takes out a criminal, conservative media outlets pounce on the story. Susanna Lee, Quartz, "How the ‘good guy with a gun’ became a deadly American fantasy," 7 June 2019 Google announced the release today for Pixel devices enrolled in the Android Q Beta program, and third-party devices should get the update whenever their manufacturer gets around to it. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Android Q Beta 4 is out, brings finalized APIs," 5 June 2019 So was Con Edison after metal plates on the street came loose during repair work and clanked whenever cars drove over them. New York Times, "New York Is a Noisy City. One Man Got Revenge.," 4 June 2019 The camera app, which notifies Wesley’s phone whenever someone enters the yard, quickly started pinging away. nola.com, "If you’ve ever peed outside this New Orleans bar, you may have been caught on camera," 3 June 2019 The thing about Aladdin is, the film did not showcase any element of guilt whenever the title character spoke anything less than the truth. Samia Khan, Teen Vogue, "Disney's "Aladdin" Subconsciously Dictated the Type Of Men I Date," 26 May 2019 Randomize your passwords whenever possible, and do not save them in your Notes app. Glamour, "Alexa von Tobel Wants to Save You Time, Effort, and Money," 17 May 2019 At first, whenever the pop icon walked a red carpet or performed with a sheath of hair over her face, fans had plenty of questions. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Sia Just Made a Rare Public Appearance Without Her Face Covered," 18 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of whenever

Conjunction

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

circa 1576, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of whenever was in the 14th century

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whenever

conjunction

English Language Learners Definition of whenever

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: at any or every time that

whenever

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of whenever (Entry 2 of 2)

: at any time : at whatever time
when·​ev·​er | \ hwen-ˈe-vər How to pronounce whenever (audio) , wen-, hwən-, wən-\

Kids Definition of whenever

: at whatever time You may go whenever you want.

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