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[hwuht-ev-er, hwot-, hwuh t-, wuht-, wot-, wuh t-] /ʰwʌtˈɛv ər, ʰwɒt-, ʰwət-, wʌt-, wɒt-, wət-/
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
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English; see what, ever
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Examples for whatever
  • 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.
  • Some places have rather odd agglomerations: whatever works best.
  • whatever your garden's size or style, good plant health is your first line of defense against potential problems of any kind.
  • The best students would simply use whatever time they had left to study and not ask for an extension.
  • So the swag contains your sleeping bag, teddy bear, pajamas or whatever else you want to put in it.
  • whatever the specifics, however, falling wages are a symptom of a sick economy.
  • whatever it is must reconcile the seemingly irreconcilable demands of consumers and the industry.
British Dictionary definitions for whatever

whatever

/wɒtˈɛvə; wət-/
pronoun
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
adjective
6.
(postpositive) absolutely; whatsoever I saw no point whatever in continuing
interjection
7.
(informal) an expression used to show indifference or dismissal
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Word Origin and History for whatever
whatever
c.1300, from what + ever. Variant form whatsoever is attested somewhat earlier (mid-13c.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for whatever

whatever

adverb

Perhaps; possibly •Often a reply to an unanswerable question, with the force of ''Could be'' or ''We'll see'': Well, whatever. The point was, he was dead/ Which I can do on my own, or whatever

[1900+; perhaps a shortening of whatever's fair, attested in 1960 student use]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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