Definition of whenever in English:



  • 1At whatever time; on whatever occasion (emphasizing a lack of restriction)

    ‘you can ask for help whenever you need it’
    • ‘They can increase their salaries whenever they feel like it - to whatever they want.’
    • ‘With this year dominated so much by the war, diversions were welcomed whenever they presented themselves.’
    • ‘She reserves the right to be whatever she needs to be whenever she needs to be it, as she sees fit.’
    • ‘Would you like an advantage over your golf opponents whenever it's warm, humid or raining?’
    • ‘Even now, approaching 60, the team of engineers still joke about his desire to test whenever he can.’
    • ‘You don't need to spend half a grand on it, just whatever you can, whenever you can.’
    • ‘They think they can do or say whatever they want, whenever they want but they are wrong because I plan to fight every step of the way.’
    • ‘As a result, almost 70 per cent admit trying to get out of sports lessons whenever possible.’
    • ‘We enjoyed bruschetta so much that we kept ordering it whenever the occasion arose.’
    • ‘I could travel by whim, whenever and wherever I please, with no fixed plans and no cares.’
    • ‘You have the ability to do whatever you want whenever you want to and not let anyone get in your way and stop you!’
    • ‘We're confident going into the replay because, whenever we're at home we're pretty confident.’
    • ‘I work in a busy office and whenever there is a bout of colds or flu going round, I always seem to get it.’
    • ‘There would no longer be any need to scheduling, as anyone could watch whatever they wanted whenever they wanted.’
    • ‘Which is why we try to break news whenever we can if a story merits the attention.’
    • ‘History tells us that whenever the State has failed to perform this role, the roles are reversed.’
    • ‘In fact, we grab short breaks whenever we can - we're hopping on discount airlines all the time.’
    • ‘IDE allows the chip make to do whatever they want to your computer, whenever they want to.’
    • ‘Then they can go to another court, a secret court, that more or less has to give them a warrant whenever they ask.’
    • ‘He suggests that we think we ‘can opt in and out whenever we want to and to hell with the consequences’.’
    1. 1.1 Every time that.
      ‘the springs in the armchair creak whenever I change position’
      • ‘This, he swore, was due to positioning his cap at the rear of the animal whenever it lifted its tail.’
      • ‘They gifted two killer tries, defended their line badly and failed to execute whenever they got into a good position.’
      • ‘Full power is available whenever needed by pressing the pedal to the kick-down position.’
      whenever, every time
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interrogative adverb

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

    ‘whenever shall we get there?’
    • ‘We must be prepared for them to strike whenever and however they can.’
    • ‘This creates an illusion that is shattered whenever adverse effects however rare are brought to light.’
    • ‘Jim opted for a vertical format with the ads soaring upward on the page whenever feasible.’
    • ‘In Zambia we have had decades of the pro-market policies that are bolted on whenever free trade is mentioned.’
    • ‘She enjoys the organized chaos that erupts whenever filming pauses for a commercial break.’
    • ‘Foes Racing is a name which springs to mind whenever big bikes and big forks are mentioned.’
    • ‘Their free time is limited and whenever possible they use it to spend with their daughter.’
    • ‘It still had to start somewhere and God was behind it whenever and however it happened!’
    • ‘So whenever possible I go to the post office forty minutes walk further from home.’
    • ‘Bose and Home show mathematically that whenever one electron is detected in each path, they will be entangled.’
    • ‘In any case, such would already be the ideal whenever daimonic love is suppressed.’
    • ‘Its seems that whenever English fans misbehave a big stick of disqualification is waved about.’
    • ‘This sort of saving can be made whenever marginal abatement costs are not equal.’
    • ‘In fact, many people eagerly follow the weather forecasts whenever bad weather is looming.’
    • ‘He can win whenever and however he wants, but the people on the roadside have stopped cheering.’
    • ‘Paine's memory was revered whenever social equality was put back on the political agenda.’
    • ‘Mike was a familiar figure whenever ordinary people were fighting back.’
    • ‘But nor can they be held to account whenever scientific findings are used inappropriately.’
    • ‘I very much hope that you might feel able to come along whenever convenient to you, have a cup of’


See however


  • or whenever

    • informal Or at any time.

      ‘if you lay eyes on him, either tonight or tomorrow or whenever, call me straight away’
      • ‘All right, let's fast forward to tomorrow morning, or whenever the dust settles.’
      • ‘Since another motivating factor for the payouts was to trim the size of the Cabinet, hopefully this will become a reality next week, or whenever the President makes his announcements.’
      • ‘Find some time for oneself every day - in the morning, evening or whenever they can spare some time - to exercise or to walk.’
      • ‘Likewise, should it have been the same sentiments shared in Caprivi, nothing tomorrow or whenever can stop their call for something different.’
      • ‘Workers can pay money into an investment account weekly, monthly or whenever they can, accumulating a portable pension fund.’
      • ‘We really cannot punt this thing until next March or whenever after the election.’
      • ‘There were times when I would fly out to L.A. and see him, or whenever he'd be in Philadelphia, we'd hang out.’
      • ‘Gargling with a herbal mouth wash morning and night after cleaning your teeth, or whenever needed will also help to eliminate bad breath.’
      • ‘Everything else goes up for us, but we don't get any more for our milk than we did two months ago or whenever.’
      • ‘Procrastination leads to crushing pressure as you realise the night before deadline that your essay is due at 4 pm or whenever tomorrow.’