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Meaning of ever by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English, from Old English ǣfre, originally a phrase whose first element undoubtedly consists of Old English ā "ever, always" + in "in" + an element possibly from fēore ( nominative feorh ) "life, existence". Compare Old English ā tō fēore "ever in life", Old English feorhlīf ( “life” ) .


    • ( RP ) IPA: /ˈɛvə/, X-SAMPA: /"Ev@/
    • ( GenAm ) IPA: /ˈɛvɚ/, X-SAMPA: /"Ev@`/
    • Rhymes: -ɛvə( r )
    • Hyphenation: ev‧er


    ever ( not comparable )

    1. Always
      It was ever thus .
    2. At any time .
      If that ever happens, we’re in deep trouble .
      He's back and better than ever .
    3. In any way
      How can I ever get there in time?
    4. ( informal ) As intensifier .
      Was I ever glad to see you!
      Did I ever!


    ever ( not comparable )

    1. ( epidemiology ) Occurring at any time, occurring even but once during a timespan.



Explanation of ever by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. at all times

    2. ever hoping to strike it rich
      ever busy
    3. at any time

    4. did you ever smoke?
    5. very

    6. she was ever so friendly

    Definition of ever by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Ever adv. [OE. ever, æfre, AS. æfre; perh. akin to AS. ā always. Cf. Aye, Age,Evry, Never.] [Sometimes contracted into e'er.]
      1. At any time; at any period or point of time.

      No man ever yet hated his own flesh. Eph. v. 29.

      2. At all times; through all time; always; forever.

      He shall ever love, and always be

      The subject of by scorn and cruelty. Dryder.

      3. Without cessation; continually.

      ☞ Ever is sometimes used as an intensive or a word of enforcement. “His the old man e'er a son?” Shak.

      To produce as much as ever they can. M. Arnold.

      Ever and anon, now and then; often. See under Anon. -- Ever is one, continually; constantly. [Obs.] Chaucer. -- Ever so, in whatever degree; to whatever extent; -- used to intensify indefinitely the meaning of the associated adjective or adverb. See Never so, under Never. “Let him be ever so rich.” Emerson.

      And all the question ( wrangle e'er so long ),

      Is only this, if God has placed him wrong. Pope.

      You spend ever so much money in entertaining your equals and betters. Thackeray.

      -- For ever, eternally. See Forever. -- For ever and a day, emphatically forever. Shak.

      She [Fortune] soon wheeled away, with scornful laughter, out of sight for ever and day. Prof. Wilson.

      -- Or ever ( for or ere ), before. See Or, ere. [Archaic]

      Would I had met my dearest foe in heaven

      Or ever I had seen that day, Horatio! Shak.

      ☞ Ever is sometimes joined to its adjective by a hyphen, but in most cases the hyphen is needless; as, ever memorable, ever watchful, ever burning.