whoever - definition and synonyms


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Whoever can be used in the following ways:
as a relative pronoun (starting a relative clause that is the subject, object, or complement of another clause): You can invite whoever you want.Whoever comes will be welcome.
as a question pronoun: Whoever can it be?
as a conjunction (connecting two clauses): Whoever wins the election, it won’t make any difference to me.
  1. 1
    someone or anyone who does a particular thing or is in a particular situation

    Whoever gets the job will be responsible for the annual budget.

    A free gift will be given to whoever completes the questionnaire.

    Whoever had killed Magnus had probably killed Dempster as well.

    You may choose whoever you would like to represent you.

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  2. 2
    used for saying that it does not matter who is involved in something because the result or the situation will be the same

    Whoever you ask, the answer is always the same.

    Whoever’s fault the accident might have been, it certainly wasn’t mine.

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  3. 3
    spoken used for emphasizing ‘who’ in a question to show that you are surprised or shocked, or that you think something is unlikely

    Such a lovely girl! Whoever would want to kill her?

    Whoever heard of a politician admitting he was wrong?