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whenever

[hwen-ev-er, wen-, hwuh n-, wuh n-] /ʰwɛnˈɛv ər, wɛn-, ʰwən-, wən-/
conjunction
1.
at whatever time; at any time when:
Come whenever you like.
2.
when? (used emphatically):
Whenever did he say that?
Origin of whenever
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see when, ever
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  • But whenever we pass it, or stop at it, I think of that miserable day and all my fears.

    Peterkin Mary Louisa Molesworth
  • whenever he was fresh and full of spirits, he had enough to overflow upon her and every one.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • I trust you will remember it whenever you think of the Holy Prophet.

    Our Little Turkish Cousin Mary Hazelton Wade
  • Spare me not, therefore, my dear friend, whenever you think me in the least faulty.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • If nothing came of it he could at least arrest her whenever he pleased.

    Bats in the Wall P. T. Raymond
British Dictionary definitions for whenever

whenever

/wɛnˈɛvə/
conjunction
1.
(subordinating) at every or any time that; when: I laugh whenever I see that
adverb
2.
no matter when: it'll be here, whenever you decide to come for it
3.
(informal) at an unknown or unspecified time: I'll take it if it comes today, tomorrow, or whenever
4.
an intensive form of when, used in questions: whenever did he escape?
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Word Origin and History for whenever
adv.

late 14c., from when + ever.

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