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Meaning of “whoever” in the English Dictionary

"whoever" in British English

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whoeverpronoun

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 ​pleaselock the ​door? 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 ​expressingsurprise: Whoever told you that? Whoever could that be ​phoning at this ​time?
(Definition of whoever from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"whoever" in American English

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whoeverpronoun

 us   /huˈev·ər/
  • whoever pronoun (PERSON)

the ​person who: Whoever ​broke the ​window will have to ​pay for it. Note: In formal speech or writing, "whomever" is the form of "whoever" used when it is the object of a verb or preposition.
  • whoever pronoun (ANYONE)

any ​person who: The ​picketers were ​shouting at whoever ​entered the ​building. Whoever they are, I don’t ​want to ​see them! Note: In formal speech or writing, "whomever" is the form of "whoever" used when it is the object of a verb or preposition.
  • whoever pronoun (WHAT PERSON)

(used in ​place of who for ​emphasis in ​questions) what ​person or ​persons: Whoever would ​believe such a ​ridiculousstory?
(Definition of whoever from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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