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whoever

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Pronunciation: /huːˈɛvə
 
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Definition of whoever in English:

relative pronoun

1The person or people who; any person who: whoever wins should be guaranteed an Olympic place
More example sentences
  • Therefore, whoever offers the best level of service will win the most business.
  • The IFS concludes that taxes would have gone up whoever won the last election, because it was the only way to balance the books.
  • Both teams tend to have the attitude that whoever wins this one wins the tournament, even if last year they discovered otherwise.
1.1Regardless of who: come out, whoever you are
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  • But whoever loses, regardless of whether it is by six goals or one, it will be devastating.
  • Yet the sitter, whoever he might be, regards us with an air of quiet confidence.
  • One of the most important things for America is to know who actually won, whoever that may be.

interrogative pronoun

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Used for emphasis instead of ‘who’ in questions, typically expressing surprise or confusion: whoever would want to make up something like that?
More example sentences
  • In any case, why raise the question, for whoever in his right mind ever suggested that everything is false?

Usage

In emphatic use whoever is also written as two words: whoever/who ever does he think he is? See however (usage).

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