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Meaning of “whenever” in the English Dictionary

"whenever" in British English

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wheneveradverb, 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 ​asleep. I ​try to use ​oliveoil whenever ​possible. "Will it be ​okay if I do it ​tomorrow?" "Sure, whenever (= then or at any other ​time)." Do it in a ​sparemoment 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.

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wheneveradverb

uk   /wenˈev.ər/  us   //
used ​instead of "when" to ​addemphasis to a phrase, usually ​expressingsurprise: Whenever do you get the ​time to do these things? Whenever did Jane ​see a ​fortuneteller?
(Definition of whenever from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"whenever" in American English

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wheneverconjunction

 us   /hwenˈev·ər, wen-, hwən-, wən-/
  • whenever conjunction (EVERY TIME)

every or any ​time: I’m ​embarrassed whenever I ​think about it. I ​try to ​let the ​kids out to ​play whenever ​possible.

wheneverconjunction, adverb [not gradable]

 us   /hwenˈev·ər, wen-, hwən-, wən-/
used to say that the ​time something is done is not ​important or makes no ​difference: "Will it be ​okay if we ​meettomorrowinstead of today?" "Sure, whenever."
(Definition of whenever from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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