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

Compounding the problem for banks: Interchange fees—paid by merchants to banks whenever customers shop with a credit card—are under pressure. Emily Glazer, WSJ, "Rewards Credit Cards Gained a Fanatic Following—Now Banks Are Pulling Back," 1 Jan. 2019 Bottom line: Even though Tyra isn't hosting this winter, fans will get to see more of her whenever her massive *secret* project is revealed. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "There's a Deeper Reason Tyra Banks Is Leaving 'AGT'," 28 Dec. 2018 Of course, whenever these symptoms start affecting your daily life, go see a doctor. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "7 Period Symptoms That Are Totally Normal," 5 Dec. 2018 And, whenever possible, use nontoxic cleaning supplies, which don’t give off noxious fumes. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "6 Nursery-Decorating Mistakes To Avoid For Your Baby’s Health," 19 Dec. 2018 As with other traditional hybrids, the gasoline engine shuts off automatically whenever the car comes to a stop, and the vehicle can start moving again on battery power alone for a bit before the engine kicks back on. G. Chambers Williams Iii, Houston Chronicle, "COMPACT," 13 July 2018 By 1917, American Expeditionary Forces doctors knew how to keep water pure, to clean wounds immediately, to control sanitation sites, and to use sterilization whenever possible. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Five Innovations to Emerge From the First World War," 11 Nov. 2018 The idea was that the king and his soldiers would keep the peace, while everyone else should step aside and avoid violence whenever possible. German Lopez, Vox, "Florida man who killed black man in parking lot charged with manslaughter," 13 Aug. 2018 Anyone with a passing familiarity with Italian cinema knows its artistic reputation, and Suspiria (2018) pays homage to that kind of visually stunning, edge-pushing filmmaking whenever possible. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Suspiria and Border offer two very different tales of otherworldly creatures," 26 Oct. 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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More Definitions for whenever

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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