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"whatever" in British English

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whateverpronoun, determiner

uk   /wɒtˈev.ər/ us   /wɑːˈt̬ev.ɚ/
  • whatever pronoun, determiner (NOT IMPORTANT WHAT)

B2 it is not important what is; it makes no difference what (is): We'll go whatever the weather. Whatever happens, you know that I'll stand by you. Whatever else may be said of him, Mr Meese is not scared of a fight. Whatever the outcome of the war, there will be no winners. Whatever the reason, more people are emigrating to Australia today than at any time since the 1950s.

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  • whatever pronoun, determiner (ANYTHING)

B1 anything or everything: I eat whatever I want and I still don't seem to put on weight. "What can we do tonight?" "It's up to you - whatever you want." Whatever I say I always seem to get it wrong. Don't, whatever you do, tell Patrick (= you certainly should not tell him). Do whatever you want - it won't affect me. "So, I'll bring red wine." "Sure, whatever (= bring that or anything else)." Apparently he "discovered himself" in India, whatever that means (= I do not know what that means).

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whateverpronoun

uk   /wɒtˈev.ər/ us   /wɑːˈt̬ev.ɚ/
  • whatever pronoun (SURPRISE)

used instead of the word "what" to add emphasis to a phrase, usually expressing surprise: Whatever is he doing with that rod? Whatever's that yellow thing on your plate? Whatever did you say that for? Whatever does she see in him - he's horrible! Whatever made him buy that jacket?

whateveradverb

uk   /wɒtˈev.ər/ us   /wɑːˈt̬ev.ɚ/
  • whatever adverb (EMPHASIS)

→  whatsoever : There is no evidence whatever to show that this is in fact the case.
(Definition of whatever from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"whatever" in American English

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whateverpronoun

us   /hwʌt̬ˈev·ər, wʌt̬-, hwɑt̬-, wɑt̬-/
  • whatever pronoun (SOMETHING UNKNOWN)

something whose particular nature or type you do not know: Whatever happens, you’ll be all right. You seem to criticize me whatever I do.
  • whatever pronoun (ANYTHING)

anything or everything: Give him whatever he wants.

whateveradverb [not gradable]

us   /hwʌt̬ˈev·ər, wʌt̬-, hwɑt̬-, wɑt̬-/
used to say that something is not important or makes no difference: "Can I dress casually or do I have to dress up?" "Whatever."
(Definition of whatever from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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