Definition of ever in English:

ever

Syllabification: ev·er
Pronunciation: /ˈevər
 
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adverb

  • 1 [usually with negative or in questions] At any time: nothing ever seemed to ruffle her don’t you ever regret giving up all that money?
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    • The truth, however, is that I never ever regret my regular trips to the gym.
    • Remember the names of those politicians and never ever trust anything that they ever say again!
    • It's easier said than done but you will never ever have a better chance of doing it than right now.
    Synonyms
    at any time, at any point, on any occasion, under any circumstances, on any account; up till now, until now
  • 1.1Used in comparisons for emphasis: they felt better than ever before our biggest ever range
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    • This is the third year of the festive event and is set to be the best ever with a whole range of surprises in store for visitors.
    • The richest range of blue I ever saw came onboard flights throughout Pacific islands.
    • The soundtrack has been expanded, with unexpected classics, and the range of vehicles is wider than ever.
  • 3 [with comparative] Increasingly; constantly: having to borrow ever larger sums
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    • Nursing and support staff do a wonderful job but are constantly under pressure from ever dwindling resources.
    • The collective refuse to be labelled as their music selection is ever changing and constantly modified.
    • This same organisation does not hide its desire to grow ever bigger.
  • 4Used for emphasis in questions and other remarks, expressing astonishment or outrage: who ever heard of a grown man being frightened of the dark? don’t you ever forget it!
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    • Did they ever actually tell you that there were no jobs they had for you?
    • He said this is the most ridiculous question he has ever heard and then hung up on me.
    • How the hell did we ever manage to get through an election night before the internet?
    Synonyms

Phrases

ever and anon

archaic Occasionally: ever and anon the stillness is rent by the scream of a gibbon
[from Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost ( v. ii. 101)]
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  • The government continues ever and anon, as slow as snail.
  • Meantime, Fedellah was calmly eyeing the right whale's head, and ever and anon glancing from the deep wrinkles there to the lines in his own hand.

ever since

Throughout the period since: she had lived alone ever since her husband died
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  • The couple have travelled the world together ever since and began living together a year ago.
  • We peeled her up out of the mud, and she slunk off to the shed and hid under a bucket, and has lived there ever since.
  • We met last summer in a city bar and had remained in sporadic contact ever since.

ever so

Very: I am ever so grateful
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  • The ride back was incredibly easy, especially as it was ever so slightly uphill.
  • Across a field is the Minster, little but ever so pretty and on everybody's list of favourite churches.
  • I took the form back to the dole office and enquired, ever so politely, why they had filled it in incorrectly.

ever such

British informal Very much: ever such a pretty little cat

for ever

yours ever

(also ever yours)
British A formula used to end an informal letter, before the signature.
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  • I remain as ever yours, hoping to be with you soon.
  • With love to you all, ever yours sincerely,…

Origin

Old English ǣfre, of unknown origin.

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