Definition of whoever in English:


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Pronunciation: /huːˈɛvə


  • 1The person or people who; any person who: whoever wins should be guaranteed an Olympic place
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    • 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.


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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?
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    • In any case, why raise the question, for whoever in his right mind ever suggested that everything is false?


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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