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ever

adverb [not gradable]  /ˈev·ər/ us  

ever adverb [not gradable] (AT ANY TIME)

at any time: Nothing ever happens here. Have you ever been to Europe? I thought she was famous, but none of my friends have ever heard of her. We are spending more money than ever. He hardly ever washes the dishes (= almost never).

ever adverb [not gradable] (ALWAYS)

always, or continuously: Her record grows ever more impressive over the years. There’s an ever-increasing demand for new styles. I have taught school ever since my children were little.

ever adverb [not gradable] (EMPHASIS)

used to emphasize an adjective: I saw John Coltrane’s last concert ever. Was she ever angry (= She was very angry)!
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