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English definition of “ever”

ever

adverb (EMPHASIS)    /ˈev.ər/ US  //
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!)Very and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressions 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?Very and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressions ever so/ever such a B2 UK informal very/a very: She's ever so pretty. She's ever such a pretty girl.Very and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressions Grammar:Ever so and ever suchWe use ever before so and such to add emphasis: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 (EMPHASIS) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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