whenever

conjunction
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

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 The Deep Sentinel Smart Live surveillance package goes well beyond the security of standalone cameras by having live guards viewing your security footage whenever an alert is triggered. Don Reisinger, Forbes, 1 June 2021 Winckel was a frequent source for local media and ubiquitous in public meetings throughout the county whenever new housing projects were being discussed. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 June 2021 Meanwhile, those who didn’t fit this image clashed with police whenever their spaces were raided. Sarah Prager, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 June 2021 That was a virtuous circle while inflation is low and the Fed could step in whenever volatility jumped—the broad trend of the past 30 years. Paul J. Davies, WSJ, 1 June 2021 Sometimes the debates have boiled down to emphasis, with more economically minded conservatives wishing that Republicans would downplay social issues, and social conservatives often feeling neglected whenever the party gained power. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 31 May 2021 Ford was the former independent league player who filled in as an outfielder, and in center field whenever Torii Hunter was injured, in the mid-2000s, turning himself into a folk hero, unintentional comic and useful ballplayer on winning teams. Star Tribune, 30 May 2021 Station 19 fans can expect to watch new episodes at 8 p.m. ET on ABC whenever season 5 begins. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 30 May 2021 Google has a pretty robust system for identifying spam calls, so your phone will show a bright red warning whenever a spammer calls you (or, in my experience, Comcast). Eric Ravenscraft, Wired, 28 May 2021

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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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“Whenever.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whenever. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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

whenever

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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