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Meaning of “whatever” - Learner’s Dictionary

whatever

adverb, pronoun, determiner     /wɒtˈevər/
ANYTHING
B1 anything or everything: Do whatever you want. He eats whatever I put in front of him.Relative forms
NO DIFFERENCE
B2 used to say that what happens is not important because it does not change a situation: Whatever happens I'll still love you. We'll support you, whatever you decide.Expressions meaning 'it isn't important to me'
QUESTION
used to ask for information when you are surprised or angry about something: Whatever do you mean?Question words and expressions
ANGRY informal
something that you say when you are angry with someone who is asking you something: 'Isabel, will you just listen when I'm talking to you?' 'Whatever.'Expressions of anger
or whatever
B2 or something similar: The children are usually outside playing football or whatever.Similar and the sameDescribing people with the same qualities
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