what-ever

whatever

[hwuht-ev-er, hwot-, hwuht-, wuht-, wot-, wuht-]
pronoun
1.
anything that (usually used in relative clauses): Whatever you say is all right with me.
2.
(used relatively to indicate a quantity of a specified or implied antecedent): Take whatever you like of these.
3.
no matter what: Do it, whatever happens.
4.
any or any one of a number of things whether specifically known or not: papers, magazines, or whatever.
5.
what (used interrogatively): Whatever do you mean?
adjective
6.
in any amount; to any extent: whatever merit the work has.
7.
no matter what: whatever rebuffs he might receive.
8.
being what or who it may be: Whatever the reason, he refuses to go.
9.
of any kind (used as an intensifier following the noun or pronoun it modifies): any person whatever.
interjection
10.
(used to indicate indifference to a state of affairs, situation, previous statement, etc.)

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English; see what, ever

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whatever (wɒtˈɛvə, wət-)
 
pron
1.  everything or anything that: do whatever he asks you to
2.  no matter what: whatever he does, he is forgiven
3.  informal an unknown or unspecified thing or things: take a hammer, chisel, or whatever
4.  an intensive form of what, used in questions: whatever can he have said to upset her so much?
 
determiner
5.  an intensive form of what: use whatever tools you can get hold of
 
adj
6.  (postpositive) absolutely; whatsoever: I saw no point whatever in continuing
 
interj
7.  informal an expression used to show indifference or dismissal

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whatever
c.1300, from what + ever. Variant form whatsoever is attested somewhat earlier (mid-13c.).
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