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Meaning of “ever” in the English Dictionary

"ever" in British English

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everadverb

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 ​peacetreaty 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 moreimpressive. The ever-​increasingdemand for ​privatecars could be ​halted by more ​investment in ​publictransport. Nuclear ​devastation was an ever-presentthreat. 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 ​performits last ever ​concert/last ​concert ever ​tomorrownight at the Albert Hall. Yesterday the ​companyannouncedits first ever ​fall in ​profits. Was she ever a ​fastrunner! (= She was a very ​fastrunner!) "Are you ​lookingforward to ​yourvacation?" "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 ​prettygirl.

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(Definition of ever from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ever" in American English

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everadverb [not gradable]

 us   /ˈev·ər/
at any ​time: Nothing ever ​happens here. Have you ever been to Europe? I ​thought she was ​famous, but none of my ​friends have ever ​heard of her. We are ​spending more ​money than ever. He ​hardly ever ​washes the ​dishes (= ​almost never).
always, or ​continuously: Her ​recordgrows ever more ​impressive over the ​years. There’s an ever-increasing ​demand for new ​styles. I have ​taughtschool ever since my ​children were little.
used to ​emphasize an ​adjective: I ​sawJohn Coltrane’s last ​concert ever. Was she ever ​angry (= She was very ​angry)!
(Definition of ever from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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