AskDefine | Define ever

Dictionary Definition

ever adv
1 at any time; "did you ever smoke?"; "the best con man of all time" [syn: of all time]
2 at all times; all the time and on every occasion; "I will always be there to help you"; "always arrives on time"; "there is always some pollution in the air"; "ever hoping to strike it rich"; "ever busy" [syn: always, e'er] [ant: never]
3 (intensifier for adjectives) very; "she was ever so friendly" [syn: ever so]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

ǣfre, of uncertain origin.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) /ˈɛvə/, /"Ev@/
  • (US) /ˈɛvɚ/, /"Ev@`/
  • Rhymes: -ɛvə(r)
  • Hyphenation: ev·er

Adverb

ever
  1. Always
    It was ever thus.
  2. At any time, particularly used as an intensifier.
    If that ever happens, we’re in deep trouble.
    Has a foreign-born man ever been president?
    Will this ever end?
    Don't ever do that again.

Translations

Always
  • Dutch: altijd
  • Greek: πάντα, πάντοτε
  • Polish: zawsze
  • Spanish: jamás
At any time
  • Dutch: ooit
  • Finnish: ikinä
  • German: jemals, je
  • Greek: ποτέ
  • Latin: umquam
  • Polish: kiedykolwiek
  • Spanish: alguna vez

Dutch

Noun

ever
  1. wild boar

Extensive Definition

Ever can refer to:
  • Ever is an adverb in the English language.
  • Eber is a character in the Bible.
  • Ever is a Marvel Comics character.
  • Ever, an album by Love Spirals Downwards.
  • Ever, an album by the British progressive rock band IQ.
  • Ever Carradine, an American actress and the daughter of Robert Carradine
  • EverQuest, a fantasy massively-multiplayer online role-playing game
ever in Low German: Ever

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

all the time, always, annoyingly, anytime, anyway, anywise, at all, at all times, at any cost, at any time, aye, by any chance, by any means, by merest chance, ceaselessly, confoundedly, consistently, constantly, consummately, continually, continuously, daily, daily and hourly, day after day, day and night, endlessly, eternally, even, ever and again, ever and anon, everlastingly, evermore, every day, every hour, every moment, excessively, extremely, for all time, for aye, for good, for keeps, forever, forever and aye, forevermore, grievously, hour after hour, hourly, if at all, immensely, in all ages, in any case, in any way, incessantly, inordinately, invariably, month after month, mortally, night and day, now and forever, on and on, once, over, overfull, overly, overmuch, perennially, perpetually, plaguey, rapidly, regularly, right along, steadily, still, super, sustainedly, throughout the ages, till doomsday, till time stops, too, unceasingly, unduly, unintermittently, uninterruptedly, unvaryingly, usually, without cease, without letup, without stopping, year after year, yet
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