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[hwen-ev-er, wen-, hwuh n-, wuh n-] /ʰwɛnˈɛv ər, wɛn-, ʰwən-, wən-/
at whatever time; at any time when:
Come whenever you like.
when? (used emphatically):
Whenever did he say that?
Origin of whenever
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at when, ever Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • whenever he was fresh and full of spirits, he had enough to overflow upon her and every one.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • Spare me not, therefore, my dear friend, whenever you think me in the least faulty.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • whenever we get under the skin, it is Shakespeare's femininity which startles us.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • Once at least, whenever they were together, she brought Max into the conversation.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • whenever one of these comes, bring it to me and I'll take care of it for you.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
British Dictionary definitions for whenever


(subordinating) at every or any time that; when: I laugh whenever I see that
no matter when: it'll be here, whenever you decide to come for it
(informal) at an unknown or unspecified time: I'll take it if it comes today, tomorrow, or whenever
an intensive form of when, used in questions: whenever did he escape?
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for whenever

late 14c., from when + ever.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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