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English definition of “ever”


adverb (ALWAYS)    /ˈev.ər/ US  //
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.Always and never ever since B1 continuously since that time: He's been depressed ever since he got divorced.Starting from a particular time as ever in the same way as always: As ever, I was the last to find out.Habitual and customary 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.Written greetingsLetters, notes and cards Grammar:EverEver is an adverb.See moreGrammar:Ever: at any timeSee moreGrammar:Ever after ifWe can use ever immediately after if or in mid position (between the subject and the main verb, or after the modal verb or first auxiliary verb, or after main verb be):See moreGrammar:Ever so and ever suchWe use ever before so and such to add emphasis:See moreGrammar:Ever sinceWe use ever before since to emphasise that something has been true from the beginning of a specific period of time:See moreGrammar:As … as everWe can use ever with the comparative form as … as …. This shows a permanent characteristic of someone or something:See moreGrammar:Ever meaning ‘always’In more formal situations, we can use ever with adjectives to mean ‘always’:See moreGrammar:Never or not … ever?We can use not … ever instead of never, but never is much more common:See more
(Definition of ever adverb (ALWAYS) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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