at all; in any case; of any kind; in any way (used with generalizing force after who, what, when, where, how, any, all, etc., sometimes separated by intervening words): Choose what thing soever you please.

Origin of soever

First recorded in 1510–20; so1 + ever Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for soever

Historical Examples of soever

  • Banish these civil discords, or the men—how proud, how great, soever—who maintain them!


    Edward Bulwer Lytton

  • Than he said he would doe what soever she would have him doe, and would love all that she loved.

  • It still remains that who else soever can do without their Sunday, it is not I—Fanny.


    Fanny Fern

  • No manly word or brave counsel was heard from any one soever.

    The Bbur-nma in English

    Babur, Emperor of Hindustan

  • Thus all Heresies, how gross soever, have found a welcome with the people.

British Dictionary definitions for soever



in any way at all: used to emphasize or make less precise a word or phrase, usually in combination with what, where, when, how, etc, or else separated by intervening wordsCompare whatsoever
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Word Origin and History for soever

1550s, from so + ever. "A word generally used in composition to extend or render indefinite the sense of such words as who, what, where, when, how, etc. ...." [Century Dictionary].

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