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ever

adverb uk   /ˈev.ər/ us    //

ever adverb (AT ANY TIME)

A2 at any time: Nothing ever happens here in the evenings. 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 film on TV, I never ever miss it. If ever there was a cause for celebration, this peace treaty was it. The smell is worse than ever. I thought she was famous, but none of my friends have ever heard of her.Always and never better, bigger, more, etc. than ever C1 better, bigger, etc. than at any time before: We are spending more than ever on education.Intensifying expressions 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.Similar and the sameDescribing people with the same qualities

ever adverb (ALWAYS)

C2 continuously: United's record in cup competitions grows ever more impressive. The ever-increasing demand for private cars could be halted by more investment in public transport. nuclear devastation was an ever-present threat Susan and Guy moved to the country, where they lived happily ever after.Always and never ever since B1 continuously since that time: He's been depressed ever since he got divorced.Starting from a particular time as ever in the same way as always: As ever, I was the last to find out.Habitual and customary 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.Written greetingsLetters, notes and cards

ever adverb (EMPHASIS)

used for emphasizing an adjective: The orchestra is to perform its last ever concert/last concert ever tomorrow night at the Albert Hall. Yesterday the company announced its first ever fall in profits. Was she ever a fast runner! (= She was a very fast runner!) "Are you looking forward to your vacation?" "Am I ever!" (= Yes, very much!)Very and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressions 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?Very and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressions ever so/ever such a B2 UK informal very/a very: She's ever so pretty. She's ever such a pretty girl.Very and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressions
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