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

Definition of whenever

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: at any or every time that



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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The lease would run 10 years with options for two five-year extensions — but would terminate immediately, turning over control of the site to UMBC, whenever the state vacates the hospital complex. Alison Knezevich, Baltimore Sun, 9 May 2022 Jurgens, of course, was drafted to ultimately replace Jason Kelce at center whenever Kelce retires. Martin Frank, USA TODAY, 7 May 2022 This is the manifestation of the common but misguided idea that the LDS community should simply turn the other cheek whenever our beliefs are maligned or misrepresented. Daryl Austin, WSJ, 5 May 2022 But from every corner, in this country and abroad, words of respect and affection may be heard whenever the name of Eleanor Roosevelt is mentioned. James Roosevelt, Good Housekeeping, 5 May 2022 That’s the go-to line whenever people complain that a feature film or TV series about real people or real events doesn’t portray them with exact historical accuracy. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 4 May 2022 McCarthy has tried to tame Greene preemptively for whenever Republicans retake control of Congress. Daniel Strauss, The New Republic, 2 May 2022 These buds can become growing buds whenever stimulated into growth by branch trimming just above them. oregonlive, 30 Apr. 2022 The taproom really puts the space in spacious, and the private party rooms are something to look forward to whenever the opportunity to go arises. Matt Koesters, The Enquirer, 28 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of whenever


14th century, in the meaning defined above


circa 1576, in the meaning defined above

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“Whenever.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whenever. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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conjunction or adverb
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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