[ ev-er ]
/ ˈɛv ər /
at all times; always: an ever-present danger; He is ever ready to find fault.
continuously: ever since then.
at any time: Have you ever seen anything like it?
in any possible case; by any chance; at all (often used to intensify or emphasize a phrase or an emotional reaction as surprise or impatience): How did you ever manage to do it? If the band ever plays again, we will dance.
South Midland and Southern U.S. every: She rises early ever morning.
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ever and again, now and then; from time to time.Also Literary, ever and anon.
ever so, to a great extent or degree; exceedingly: They were ever so kind to me.
Origin of ever
before 1000; Middle English; Old English ǣfre
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British Dictionary definitions for ever
/ (ˈɛvə) /
at any timehave you ever seen it?
by any chance; in any casehow did you ever find out?
at all times; alwaysever busy
in any possible way or mannercome as fast as ever you can
informal, mainly British (intensifier, in the phrases ever so, ever such, and ever such a)ever so good; ever such bad luck; ever such a waste
ever and again or ever and anon archaic now and then; from time to time
is he ever! US and Canadian slang he displays the quality concerned in abundance
See also forever
Word Origin for ever
Old English ǣfre, of uncertain origin
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Idioms and Phrases with ever
In addition to the idiom beginning with ever
- ever and again
- every bit
- every cloud has a silver lining
- every dog has its day
- every inch
- every last one
- every little bit helps
- every man for himself
- every man has his price
- every minute counts
- every nook and cranny
- every now and then
- every other
- every single one
- every so often
- every time one turns around
- every Tom, Dick, and Harry
- every which way
- hardly ever
- live happily ever after
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