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whenever

adverb, conjunction uk   /wenˈev.ər/ us    //
B1 every or any time: I blush whenever I think about it. Whenever I go there they seem to be in bed. I try to use olive oil whenever possible. "Will it be okay if I do it tomorrow?" "Sure, whenever (= then or at any other time)." Do it in a spare moment at the weekend or whenever - it really doesn't matter. I'm talking about last July or whenever it was you got back from India.

whenever

adverb uk   /wenˈev.ər/ us    //
used instead of 'when' to add emphasis to a phrase, usually expressing surprise: Whenever do you get the time to do these things? Whenever did Jane see a fortune teller?
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