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adverb, conjunction whenever pronunciation in British English /wenˈevə(r)/
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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): I must arrange another visit before going off to the wedding, or after I get back, 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 shall we meet? Thursday night? Friday?’ ‘Whenever. I don’t mind.’
  3. 3
    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?
  4. 4
    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.


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