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[hwen-ev-er, wen-, hwuh n-, wuh n-] /ʰwɛnˈɛv ər, wɛn-, ʰwən-, wən-/
at whatever time; at any time when:
Come whenever you like.
when? (used emphatically):
Whenever did he say that?
Origin of whenever
1350-1400; Middle English; see when, ever Unabridged
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  • They went mushroom- and berry-picking regularly and had giant crawfish feasts whenever they could.
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  • whenever he had trouble, she helped get him through, and because of that he can never forget her.
  • whenever a fraud or financial irregularity occurs in a life insurance company the fact is a public calamity.
  • But, whenever there is a conclusion to be drawn or a reflection to be made.
  • They may take place annually, every other year or whenever possible.
  • It's not a traditional timeshare--instead, members buy points that they can use to travel wherever and whenever they wish.
  • He is a big, fast, aggressive receiver with great hands and the ability to go to the house whenever he has the ball.
  • The brother had died of starvation, and whenever the carpenter got upon that subject he cried.
  • whenever fortune wishes to joke, she lifts people from what is humble to the highest extremity of affairs.
British Dictionary definitions for whenever


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

late 14c., from when + ever.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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