whatever

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Pronunciation[change]

  • (UK) IPA: /ʍɒtˈɛvə/
  • (US) IPA: /ʍɑtˈɛvɚ/
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  • Hyphenation: what‧ev‧er

Determiner[change]

Determiner
whatever

  1. (relative, indefinite) You use whatever when it doesn't matter which thing.
    It's OK to take whatever bus comes first.
    I'll take whatever help I can get.
  2. (relative, definite) You use whatever when there's a particular thing, but you can't remember what it was.
    We took whatever bus came first, number 41 I think.
  3. (question) You use whatever to make what stronger.
    Whatever problem do you mean?

Pronoun[change]

Pronoun
whatever

  1. (question) You use whatever when it doesn't matter which thing.
    Whatever you choose, you'll be happy.
  2. (relative, indefinite) You use whatever when it doesn't matter which thing.
    "Would you like coffee, tea, or water?" "Whatever."
    Whatever you do will be OK.
  3. (relative, defninite) You use whatever when there's a particular thing, but you can't remember what it was.
    We took whatever came first.
  4. (question) You use whatever to make what stronger.
    Whatever do you mean?
    Whatever is that strange thing on your head?
    Whatever happened?