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adverb, conjunction whenever pronunciation in American English /wenˈevər/ whenever pronunciation in American English /hwenˈevər/
Whenever can be used in the following ways:
as a conjunction (connecting two clauses or phrases): Whenever I smiled, he smiled back.
as an adverb: You can come whenever. (introducing a question): Whenever have I been cruel to you?
  1. 1
    every time that something happens

    Whenever I hear that song, I think of you.

    He felt the pain in his knee whenever he kicked a ball.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of whenever
    1. a.
      at any time or in any situation when something may be wanted, needed, possible, etc.

      You can come and stay with us whenever you want.

      or whenever (=or any other time that is possible):

      Give me a call Saturday afternoon, or whenever.

      whenever possible/necessary:

      Use fresh vegetables whenever possible.

      Synonyms and related words for this sense of whenever
  2. 3
    used for showing that you do not know when something happened or will happen

    We'll have to wait until the next committee meeting, whenever that is.

  3. 4
    spoken used for emphasizing "when" in a question to show that you are surprised, upset, or annoyed

    Whenever will I make you understand that smoking is bad for you?


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