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whoever

pronoun uk   /huːˈev.ər/  us   //

whoever pronoun (PERSON)

B2 the person who: Whoever uprooted that tree ought to be ashamed of themselves. Could I speak to whoever is in charge of International Sales please?
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whoever pronoun (ANYONE)

B2 any person who: Can whoever leaves last please lock up? He says he bought the car from Frank, whoever Frank is. (= I do not know who Frank is.)
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whoever pronoun (SURPRISE)

used in questions as a way of expressing surprise: Whoever told you that? Whoever could that be phoning at this time?
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