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

The government is required to place these children with family members whenever possible, even if those family members might be undocumented immigrants. Salvador Rizzo, Anchorage Daily News, "The facts about Trump's policy of separating families at the border," 20 June 2018 Also odd: Regenerative braking tries to recharge the batteries whenever your foot isn’t on the accelerator. Matthew Scott, Outside Online, "The Electric Jaguar I-Pace Can Go Off-Road," 9 July 2018 Alarms should go off whenever music's primary function is to sell another product, but our bigger worry should be over whether that relationship is changing the shape of the music itself. Chris Richards, chicagotribune.com, "The 5 hardest questions in pop music," 3 July 2018 In the meantime, the department must provide bottled water to inmates and staff whenever the brine concentration system is down to comply with an order from the Central Valley Regional Water Control Board. Adam Ashton, sacbee, "Bottled water tab at a California prison has hit $46,000 a month," 2 July 2018 As the midseason trailer confirms, these two will eventually patch things up, apparently whenever Luann is ready. refinery29.com, "Did Ramona Singer Finally Have A Breakthrough On RHONY?," 28 June 2018 The rich, satiny gold, bronze, and pewter shadows that rimmed his lash lines glimmered whenever the light hit his eyes. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Why Taemin Won't Apologize For His Androgynous Aesthetic Anymore," 15 Mar. 2019 Markets rose whenever there were rumors that Mr. Liu would leave his post. WSJ, "China Replaces Top Securities Regulator Amid Market Weakness," 26 Jan. 2019 Bureaucrats are replaced whenever power changes hands, so cronies rather than impartial experts fill many of the top jobs. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "Mongolian democracy has a familiar ailment, and it’s all about money," 26 June 2018

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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

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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