pronoun & determiner
- 1Used to emphasize a lack of restriction in referring to any thing or amount, no matter what: [as pronoun]: do whatever you like [as determiner]: take whatever action is neededMore example sentences
- Each student donated whatever amount he or she could afford.
- They're doing their job because their job is to find the truth in the matter, whatever the evidence is that it turns up.
- But whatever we may lack in hygiene, we make up for in ecological smarts.
- 1.1Regardless of what: [as pronoun]: you have our support, whatever you decide [as determiner]: whatever decision he made I would support itMore example sentences
- The next question is whether Britain is going to support whatever President Bush does regardless.
- The aim of the service is to facilitate a woman to explore all options available and to support her in whatever decision she reaches.
- We need to support whatever decisions our nation makes, as long as they do not directly violate the Word of God.
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- 1 [with negative] At all; of any kind (used for emphasis): they received no help whateverMore example sentences
- According to Ellis, he received no compensation whatever from the French government or otherwise.
- It is the ability to receive and release whatever is or is not needed with each inhaled and exhaled breath.
- The adolescent recipient of this kind of torture is forced into the position of trying to prove that she didn't do whatever it is her peers claim she did.
- 2 • informal No matter what happens: we told him we’d back him whateverMore example sentences
- In doesn't matter, because whatever led to Howman being the only bloke to attend that day, the nation has had to tolerate him ever since.
- When you take care of your partners needs no matter whatever the conditions.
- It didn't matter though, whatever he saw in my eyes was enough to make him look rather shaken.
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- • informal Said as a response indicating a reluctance to discuss something, implying indifference, skepticism, or exasperation: Joseph’s commentary amounted to “Yeah, well. Whatever.”More example sentences
- Get your girls together and go for it - a summer biz, fun fundraiser, whatever!
- The present could be jewelry, a home video, an important article of clothing, a rock, whatever!
- Ground me, give me no phone privileges for a month, take away the computer, whatever!
- • informal Or anything similar: use chopped herbs, nuts, garlic, or whateverMore example sentences
- Directors can no longer plead ignorance, or whatever other excuse they choose.
- If people do get it wrong, people should not be sacked or demoted or whatever, as long as it is done with good intent.
- How do you get that, and get the professional skills or whatever it is that you need to widen participation?
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In the sentence I will do whatever you ask of me (in which whatever = anything ), whatever is correctly spelled as one word. But in the interrogative sense ( what ever was Mary thinking? ), the emphasis is on ever , and it should be spelled as the two words what ever because ever is serving as an intensifier to the pronoun what . See also however (usage) and wherever.
More definitions of whateverDefinition of whatever in:
- The British & World English dictionary