whenever

conjunction
when·ev·er | \ hwe-ˈne-vər , 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

Failed givers end up dropping everything whenever a request comes in. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Professor, psychologist and author Adam Grant on Recode Decode," 5 July 2018 Grab and go items are available whenever the bookstore is open. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "When visiting Spring Green's Taliesin or American Players Theatre, stop here, too," 29 June 2018 So, perhaps that's the biggest question of them all, even bigger than the question of the show's premiere date: who will still be watching when the HBO drama returns for its third season, whenever that may be? Josh Wigler, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Westworld': 9 Burning Questions for Season 3," 26 June 2018 The gas is then pumped into the bus, which is stored into tanks, and then whenever the bus needs to move, gas is turned back into electricity that drives the electric motors. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Exxon Mobil, Chevron help form new methane emissions consortium," 25 June 2018 Graham said that whenever Cordon refused to return items of jewelry, McCoy would suggest that she could be robbed because the jewelry was expensive, the station reported. Dom Calicchio, Fox News, "In 911 call, woman claims home invasion may have 'something to do' with NFL player LeSean McCoy," 13 July 2018 Switch to Bass Assassin jerkbaits, Hopkins Spoons and swimbaits at mid-morning or whenever the topwater bite slows down. Mark Blythe, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Central Florida fishing forecast: July 14," 13 July 2018 Yeah, my cheat meal is...whenever Tyler isn’t looking. Luke Darby, GQ, "The Real-Life Diet of Max Holloway, Whose Top-Secret Recovery Shakes Keep Him in Fighting Shape," 5 July 2018 Well, and my wife, whenever my weekend tinkering sessions resulted in no Wi-Fi for a few hours. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "What I’ve learned from nearly three years of enterprise Wi-Fi at home," 5 July 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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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 , wen- , hwən- , wən- \

Kids Definition of whenever

: at whatever time You may go whenever you want.

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