Definition of whenever in English:

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Pronunciation: /wɛnˈɛvə/


1At whatever time; on whatever occasion (emphasizing a lack of restriction): you can ask for help whenever you need it
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  • They think they can do or say whatever they want, whenever they want but they are wrong because I plan to fight every step of the way.
  • There would no longer be any need to scheduling, as anyone could watch whatever they wanted whenever they wanted.
  • You don't need to spend half a grand on it, just whatever you can, whenever you can.
1.1Every time that: the springs in the armchair creak whenever I change position
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  • Full power is available whenever needed by pressing the pedal to the kick-down position.
  • This, he swore, was due to positioning his cap at the rear of the animal whenever it lifted its tail.
  • They gifted two killer tries, defended their line badly and failed to execute whenever they got into a good position.

interrogative adverb

Used for emphasis instead of ‘when’ in questions, typically expressing surprise or confusion: whenever shall we get there?
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  • She enjoys the organized chaos that erupts whenever filming pauses for a commercial break.
  • We must be prepared for them to strike whenever and however they can.
  • So whenever possible I go to the post office forty minutes walk further from home.


See however (usage)


or whenever

informal Or at any time: if you lay eyes on him, either tonight or tomorrow or whenever, call me straight away
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  • Procrastination leads to crushing pressure as you realise the night before deadline that your essay is due at 4 pm or whenever tomorrow.
  • Likewise, should it have been the same sentiments shared in Caprivi, nothing tomorrow or whenever can stop their call for something different.
  • All right, let's fast forward to tomorrow morning, or whenever the dust settles.

Words that rhyme with whenever

clever, endeavour (US endeavor), ever, forever, however, howsoever, never, never-never, sever, Trevor, whatever, whatsoever, whensoever, wheresoever, wherever, whichever, whichsoever, whoever, whomever, whomsoever, whosoever

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