Definition of whatever in English:

whatever

relative pronoun & determiner

  • 1Used to emphasize a lack of restriction in referring to any thing or amount, no matter what.

    as pronoun ‘do whatever you like’
    as determiner ‘take whatever action is needed’
    • ‘And so it is that no matter whatever evils are abroad, Hope has not left us entirely.’
    • ‘This was why she was allowed to talk to him with whatever amount of disrespect she liked.’
    • ‘But he makes up for whatever he lacks in physical skills with intelligence and versatility.’
    • ‘He decided in that moment to deal with whatever would happen no matter what.’
    • ‘So they showed equal amounts of activity, whatever kind of dance they watched.’
    • ‘As snow falls, it picks up whatever chemicals and particulate matter are in the atmosphere.’
    • ‘Each student donated whatever amount he or she could afford.’
    • ‘You are rewarded with success in whatever aspect you choose to pursue, be it a matter of the heart or a matter of business.’
    • ‘For whatever reason, my own abject lack of cookery experience was enlisted to help with the preparation of a monster spaghetti bolognese.’
    • ‘It cannot offer real freedom of religion while excluding religious influence, in whatever form, on matters of state.’
    • ‘Self-governing bodies are ready to pay whatever amount for the purpose of meeting scarcity of water in needy places.’
    • ‘But whatever they lacked in smarts, they made up for in looks.’
    • ‘The first of these is that the simple form of the verb without any markers refers to whatever time is in focus.’
    • ‘So at the end of the night, when we cashed out, whatever money we had over the gross amount of the totaled checks, we kept as tips.’
    • ‘An ultimate solution will not be reached by handing out money, in whatever amounts.’
    • ‘But whatever we may lack in hygiene, we make up for in ecological smarts.’
    • ‘They're doing their job because their job is to find the truth in the matter, whatever the evidence is that it turns up.’
    • ‘So at the end of every day in the run up to a grant payment, I and a few others would pool whatever meagre amount we had into a pot, and play cards for it.’
    • ‘They feel that viewing other people engaging in sexual acts is worth whatever amount of money it cost them.’
    • ‘In the case of the Families Commission the fact of the matter is that, whatever our view, the confidential agreement exists now.’
    1. 1.1 Regardless of what.
      as pronoun ‘you have our support, whatever you decide’
      as determiner ‘whatever decision he made I would support it’
      • ‘The Queen has not publicly stated a preference on the republic issue, saying she would abide by whatever decision Australians made.’
      • ‘You told me that you would support me in whatever decision I made.’
      • ‘I hope whatever you decide is the best decision for your longterm happiness.’
      • ‘Her idea was to wear whatever regardless of what the director thought.’
      • ‘They do it whatever the weather and regardless of the season.’
      • ‘We need to support whatever decisions our nation makes, as long as they do not directly violate the Word of God.’
      • ‘This week, however, they are being given no say and whatever decision had been made by the Group would be forced upon them.’
      • ‘The US does whatever it likes regardless of what has happened in the past.’
      • ‘Even if you paid them, most women would not be able to maintain a decision to eat whatever they wanted for the rest of their lives.’
      • ‘The next question is whether Britain is going to support whatever President Bush does regardless.’
      • ‘They sign a binding arbitration agreement, which means they agree that whatever we decide is what happens.’
      • ‘The second is an ability to look for excellence in whatever one does, regardless of external criteria of rewards and recognition.’
      • ‘The bottom line, regardless of whatever language experts would like to use, is that the Zambian economy should produce.’
      • ‘The aim of the service is to facilitate a woman to explore all options available and to support her in whatever decision she reaches.’
      • ‘This affects all of us - your support is vital, whatever the weather.’
      • ‘Marsden said that whatever route a company decided to take, it was important to remember that innovation was a long-term process and not a quick fix.’
      • ‘The Branch wished him well in whatever decision he intended to make, but if he did decide to go it would be wholehearted.’
      • ‘Regardless of whatever musical or fashion trend that happens to threaten its existence, metal will always remain.’
      • ‘Aderyn turned back to the front of the church, deciding to ignore whatever she'd heard.’
      • ‘They did whatever they had to regardless of whether it brought them a sense of achievement or satisfaction.’
      regardless of, without regard for, without regard to, disregarding, ignoring, notwithstanding, whatever, no matter what, without reference to, without consideration of, setting aside, discounting
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interrogative pronoun

  • Used for emphasis instead of ‘what’ in questions, typically expressing surprise or confusion.

    ‘whatever is the matter?’

adverb

  • 1with negative At all; of any kind (used for emphasis)

    ‘they received no help whatever’
    • ‘According to Ellis, he received no compensation whatever from the French government or otherwise.’
    • ‘The adolescent recipient of this kind of torture is forced into the position of trying to prove that she didn't do whatever it is her peers claim she did.’
    • ‘It is the ability to receive and release whatever is or is not needed with each inhaled and exhaled breath.’
  • 2informal No matter what happens.

    ‘we told him we'd back him whatever’
    • ‘You are here and that's what matters, that you're here, to do whatever you need to do.’
    • ‘What ever he had felt for her, whatever they had shared and no matter how special did not make him love her any less.’
    • ‘Winning, at all costs, and at whatever long term consequence, seems to be all that matters to them.’
    • ‘His moral guilt is just as great whatever the form of the action, no matter whether in warranty or in fraud.’
    • ‘Basically, the motivation of the speaker doesn't matter, whatever side they are on.’
    • ‘It didn't matter though, whatever he saw in my eyes was enough to make him look rather shaken.’
    • ‘Even though Josh had told her that whatever her secret was didn't matter, she knew that he would be angry.’
    • ‘When you take care of your partners needs no matter whatever the conditions.’
    • ‘The justification there was purely a matter of public health and nothing whatever to do with racial grounds.’
    • ‘Passion requires that you own up whatever you take up, no matter how small or seemingly unimportant.’
    • ‘The exercise of the right of nature requires as a matter of logic that men do whatever the law of nature requires.’
    • ‘An actual community though - whatever content it may hang off - is another matter entirely.’
    • ‘I did whatever it took to please my parents; no matter how depressed or sad I was.’
    • ‘She had read to many books to know that whatever she did it wouldn't matter.’
    • ‘In doesn't matter, because whatever led to Howman being the only bloke to attend that day, the nation has had to tolerate him ever since.’
    • ‘Kerry's convictions, whatever they may have been, mattered far less than his ability to beat Bush.’
    • ‘Oh, and whatever you do, no matter how bad it itches afterwards - don't scratch it.’
    • ‘When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever is left no matter how implausible, must be true.’
    • ‘He seems to enjoy talking about whatever the subject is, no matter what it is.’
    • ‘People who will never lie down, no matter what the circumstances - people who want to win whatever they enter.’

exclamation

informal
  • Said as a response indicating a reluctance to discuss something, often implying indifference.

    ‘‘I'll call you later.’ I shrugged. ‘Whatever.’’
    • ‘I think that it's just the excessive amounts of alcohol I consumed last night, whatever!’
    • ‘The comments are your usual online argument that even borders on Godwin's Law, yah, whatever!’
    • ‘I mean, they said it on a messageboard, not that they'll kill us on a messageboard oh whatever!’
    • ‘Maybe I was a little fatter than normal the first time, or a little thinner today; whatever, I was through!’
    • ‘Under normal circumstances I would say: whatever, the choice is yours.’
    • ‘I hope that the cycle that came to an end at the start of this season is simply a temporary feature; whatever, that's what we hope to prove very quickly.’
    • ‘Not sure if it's my sense of humour that has returned, or whether it's yours, but, whatever, it's a welcome change.’
    • ‘It's hard to describe or explain why he was so good - whatever, he was really funny.’
    • ‘I mean, that Mach truck going along on however many wheels on one side it's got, whatever!’
    • ‘It is impossible to imagine anyone less likely to say, for any reason, ‘hey, whatever!’’
    • ‘As long as everyone in the band is happy and we're out touring - whatever, man.’
    • ‘Those kinds of things shift your perspectives and, whatever, you gotta decide after a while.’
    • ‘I did all the cleaning, and if we move, yes, I'll get a job, do the shopping, whatever!’
    • ‘That is writer's life; a life filled with fear of missing out on something, anything, whatever!’
    • ‘The present could be jewelry, a home video, an important article of clothing, a rock, whatever!’
    • ‘With luck, one of those trips will be a one-way affair, but, whatever, we don't intend to be separated like this again if we can possibly avoid it.’
    • ‘Get your girls together and go for it - a summer biz, fun fundraiser, whatever!’
    • ‘I've always said it was the first day there, but I doubt that's true - whatever, it was close to the start.’
    • ‘Only just done, I would have picked them as poached but, whatever, they were sensational.’
    • ‘Ground me, give me no phone privileges for a month, take away the computer, whatever!’
    • ‘I told him I wanted this, I wanted more bottom or I wanted more top - whatever!’
    • ‘In the case of an artist, as we see, nothing whatever!’
    • ‘I don't care to know who you are, tell the Turnkey you found it in a ditch, whatever!’

Phrases

  • or whatever

    • informal Or anything similar.

      ‘use chopped herbs, nuts, garlic, or whatever’
      • ‘Directors can no longer plead ignorance, or whatever other excuse they choose.’
      • ‘How do you get that, and get the professional skills or whatever it is that you need to widen participation?’
      • ‘Then more piglets die after they have been born, by being laid on by their mothers or whatever the problem is.’
      • ‘If people do get it wrong, people should not be sacked or demoted or whatever, as long as it is done with good intent.’
      • ‘I suppose if you are doing a serious thing you need things to spice it up or whatever.’
      • ‘Whether it is a leadership academy or whatever, is a matter for others, I expect.’
      • ‘Please help with donations of clothes, blankets or whatever you think might help.’
      • ‘They said the dog had died from heat stroke or exhaustion or whatever it is that happens to dogs when they burn up.’
      • ‘They are waiting at the door when I open up at 6.20 and will buy the paper or whatever before they go in.’
      • ‘It allows jurors to vote against the law if they consider the law unfair or whatever.’

Pronunciation

whatever

/wɒtˈɛvə/