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adverb, conjunction whenever pronunciation in American English /wenˈevər/whenever pronunciation in American English /hwenˈevər/
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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.
    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.
  2. 2
    spoken used for saying that you do not care when something happens, because all times are equally convenient
    “When should we meet? Thursday night? Friday?” “Whenever. I don’t care.”
  3. 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.
  4. 4
    spoken used for emphasizingwhenin 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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