Definition of whatever in English:

whatever

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Pronunciation: /wɒtˈɛvə
 
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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 needed
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  • 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 it
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  • 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.

pronoun

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Used for emphasis instead of ‘what’ in questions, typically expressing surprise or confusion: whatever is the matter?

adverb

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1 [with negative] At all; of any kind (used for emphasis): they received no help whatever
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  • 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 whatever
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  • 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.

exclamation

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Said as a response indicating a reluctance to discuss something, often implying indifference: ‘I’ll call you later.’ I shrugged. ‘Whatever.’
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  • It is impossible to imagine anyone less likely to say, for any reason, ‘hey, whatever!’
  • The comments are your usual online argument that even borders on Godwin's Law, yah, whatever!
  • In the case of an artist, as we see, nothing whatever!

Phrases

or whatever

informal Or anything similar: use chopped herbs, nuts, garlic, or whatever
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  • 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?

whatever next

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