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adverb uk   /ˈev.ər/  us   //

ever adverb (AT ANY TIME)

A2 at any time: Nothing ever happens here in the evening. Have you ever been to London? If you're ever/If ever you're in Rio, do give me a call. He hardly ever (= almost never) washes the dishes and he rarely, if ever, (= probably never) does any cleaning. When there's a James Bond movie on TV, I never ever miss it. If ever there was a cause for celebration, this peace treaty was it. The smell is worse than ever. I thought she was famous, but none of my friends have ever heard of her.better, bigger, more, etc. than ever C1 better, bigger, etc. than at any time before: We are spending more than ever on education.as big, fast, good, etc. as ever as big, fast, etc. as at any time before: The restaurants are as good as ever and no more expensive.
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ever adverb (ALWAYS)

C2 continuously: United's record in cup competitions grows ever more impressive. The ever-increasing demand for private cars could be halted by more investment in public transport. Nuclear devastation was an ever-present threat. Susan and Guy moved to the country, where they lived happily ever after.ever since B1 continuously since that time: He's been depressed ever since he got divorced.as ever in the same way as always: As ever, I was the last to find out.yours ever (also ever yours) UK formal used at the end of a letter as a way of saying goodbye to someone you know well: Yours ever, Yvonne.
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ever adverb (EMPHASIS)

used for emphasizing an adjective: The orchestra is to perform its last ever concert/last concert ever tomorrow night at the Albert Hall. Yesterday the company announced its first ever fall in profits. Was she ever a fast runner! (= She was a very fast runner!) "Are you looking forward to your vacation?" "Am I ever!" (= Yes, very much!) in questions, used to emphasize the question word: How ever did he manage that? What ever have you done to him? Why ever would anyone/Why would anyone ever want to hurt her?ever so/ever such a B2 UK informal very/a very: She's ever so pretty. She's ever such a pretty girl.
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