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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb ABC News Radio ABC News Radio provides comprehensive and award-winning coverage wherever news happens, whenever news happens. ABC News, "Learn About Internships Available at ABC News," 11 Feb. 2020 There’s nothing quite like the honeymoon phase of a new relationship, when feelings of butterflies are omnipresent whenever your person is by your side. Rachel Besser, Vogue, "13 Sweet But Practical Valentine’s Day Gifts for Your Special Someone," 31 Jan. 2020 The Wolverines have had some success going small with Franz Wagner at the 4, but that seems unlikely to happen whenever Bezhanishvili and Cockburn are both in the game. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan basketball vs. Illinois: Scouting report, prediction," 24 Jan. 2020 That was 1966,’ or whenever (a prohibition was established). cleveland, "Lyndhurst City Council fine-tunes tattoo parlor legislation," 21 Jan. 2020 In the short term, fans should use public transportation or carpool whenever possible. Eleanor Cummins, Popular Science, "How musicians like Radiohead and Massive Attack are making their tours less stressful on the environment," 31 Jan. 2020 Sitting down for a few minutes with these best Easter Bible verses is a great way to refocus whenever you get overwhelmed throughout the 40 days of Lent following Ash Wednesday. Country Living Staff, Country Living, "25 Best Easter Bible Verses to Share With Your Loved Ones This Holy Season," 29 Jan. 2020 Minneapolis gets little love whenever there’s a Prince tribute. Rashad Shabazz, The Conversation, "How Minneapolis made Prince," 27 Jan. 2020 The 5th Pennsylvania Cavalry Regiment and other units would man the forts whenever new threats came from Confederate troops. Phil Gast, CNN, "Artifact found at Civil War site may be a 'witch bottle' used to ward off evil spirits. Really," 25 Jan. 2020

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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 23 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of whenever

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: at any or every time that



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

: at any time : at whatever time


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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