ever

[ ev-er ]
/ ˈɛv ər /

adverb

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.

adjective

South Midland and Southern U.S. every: She rises early ever morning.

Idioms

    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

ever

/ (ˈɛvə) /

adverb

See also forever

Word Origin for ever

Old English ǣfre, of uncertain origin
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Idioms and Phrases with ever

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

also see:

  • hardly ever
  • live happily ever after
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