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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Word Origin & History

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

whatever definition


  1. mod.
    I don't care; it doesn't matter which choice; whatever you want. Q: I have chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, kiwi, and lime. Which do you want? A: Oh, whatever. :
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Idioms & Phrases

whatever

see or whatever.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
But whatever clever eristic moves you make, there's a problem on the
  horizon-extreme academe is heading our way.
It also falls freely from cut lilies onto whatever carpet or tablecloth happens
  to be below the vase.
And whatever the traffickers were building, the tipster had warned, was truly
  enormous.
The saying used to be, whatever happens, the lawyers win.
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