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whatever

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishwhateverwhat‧ev‧er1 /wɒtˈevə $ wɑːtˈevər, wʌt-/ ●●● S1 W1 determiner, pronoun 🔊 🔊 1 ALL/EVERYTHINGany or all of the things that are wanted, needed, or possible 🔊 Help yourself to whatever you want. 🔊 The children were allowed to do whatever they liked. 🔊 He’ll be ready to accept whatever help he can get. 🔊 I am willing to pay whatever price you ask.2 NAME OF A PERSONNAME OF A THINGused to say that it is not important what happens, what you do etc because it does not change the situation 🔊 Whatever I suggest, he always disagrees. 🔊 The building must be saved, whatever the cost. 🔊 If you are unable to attend the interview, for whatever reason, you should inform us immediately.SPOKEN PHRASES3 whatever you do4 NOT KNOWused to say that you do not know the exact meaning of something, or the exact name of someone or something 🔊 The doctor says she’s got fibrositis, whatever that is. 🔊 Why don’t you invite Seb, or whatever he’s called, to supper?5 ... or/and whatever (else)6 ANGRYSURPRISEDused when asking a question to emphasize that you are surprised or slightly angry about something 🔊 Whatever can he mean? 🔊 ‘Did you know she’s dyed her hair orange?’ ‘Whatever next?7 AGREEused as a reply to say that you do not care what is done or chosen, or that the exact details of something do not matter 🔊 ‘What flavour do you want? Strawberry, vanilla ...?’ ‘Whatever.’ 🔊 ‘It was Monday, not Tuesday.’ ‘Whatever.’8 whatever you say/think/want
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Whatever next?Exercise and fitness has become the final frontier. Whatever next?Her heart pounded as she peed. Whatever next?My Sainted Aunt! Whatever next?They even claim that it goes farther than their 1.68 Top-Flite. Whatever next?
whateverwhatever2 ●●● S2 adverb 🔊 🔊 NONE/NOTHINGused to emphasize a negative statement syn whatsoever 🔊 She has shown no interest whatever in anything scientific. 🔊 This is just a stupid argument that has nothing whatever to do with your job.
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whateverMy life has been so short that I really know nothing whatever.It's just that it shows no sign whatever of happening.She gave no sign whatever of what she was thinking.