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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 ridiculous story?
(Definition of whoever from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"whoever" in British English

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whoeverpronoun

uk   /huːˈev.ər/ us   /huːˈev.ɚ/
  • 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 please lock 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 expressing surprise: Whoever told you that? Whoever could that be phoning at this time?
(Definition of whoever from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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