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.
Idioms about ever
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.
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How to use ever in a sentence
And yet we keep devouring the ever-increasing array of Jewish dating apps and sites and Facebook groups--why?
Duke kept running for offices and losing by ever-greater margins.
The bar also claims that it hosted the first-ever poetry slam 28 years ago.
These insights and discoveries help PepsiCo anticipate, rather than react to, an ever-changing consumer landscape.
What she did win, though, was the ever-more intense ardor of her growing number of liberal fans.
A long stretch of smooth ice followed, over which he glided with ever-increasing speed.The Giant of the North | R.M. Ballantyne
The pole was, therefore, continually floating or rising and falling in steam of ever-varying pressure.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2) | Francis Trevithick
No, give me deserts or precipices,—anything fixed and solid is better than this capricious, ever-changing sea.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
What matter if souls and bodies are failing beneath the feet of the ever-pressing multitude!The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
It is a known fact that the third class traffic pays for the ever-increasing luxuries of first and second class travelling.Third class in Indian railways | Mahatma Gandhi
British Dictionary definitions for ever
at any time: have you ever seen it?
by any chance; in any case: how did you ever find out?
at all times; always: ever busy
in any possible way or manner: come 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other 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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