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 Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said that whenever a controversial video or incident surfaces, negative sentiments toward law enforcement ricochet across the media landscape. Brad Schrade, ajc, 29 Nov. 2021 Stop paying $20 for a crappy umbrella from the nearby bodega whenever you're caught in a sudden thunderstorm. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, 28 Nov. 2021 Unlike some of the other buy-game opponents Indiana has brought to Assembly Hall across the season’s first month, Marshall was happy to run with the Hoosiers whenever the opportunity presented itself. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, 28 Nov. 2021 All-Pros whenever Packers receiver Davante Adams lines up against Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 28 Nov. 2021 As the Warriors made a colossal statement in victory that night (117-99, earlier this month), the crowd’s volume escalated whenever Curry touched the ball. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 Nov. 2021 The Ring Video Doorbell Wired comes with advanced motion detection, so you'll be notified through the Ring app whenever visitors press the doorbell or trigger motion sensors. Madeline Diamond, PEOPLE.com, 27 Nov. 2021 The second-year wide receiver has been productive whenever he’s been given the opportunity. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Nov. 2021 The issue of reform emerges whenever someone accused of a violent crime that garners significant attention also has a history in the criminal justice system, like Brooks. Peter Nickeas, CNN, 26 Nov. 2021

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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 1 Dec. 2021.

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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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