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adverb, conjunction     whenever pronunciation in British English
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 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?

  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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