ever

  • 1 Ever — Ev eradv. [OE. ever, [ae]fre, AS. [ae]fre; perh. akin to AS. [=a] always. Cf. {Aye}, {Age},{Evry}, {Never}.] [Sometimes contracted into {e er}.] 1. At any time; at any period or point of time. [1913 Webster] No man ever yet hated his own flesh.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 ever — 1. as intensifier. In informal conversation ever is sometimes used as an intensifier immediately after an interrogative word such as who, what, why, etc.: Who ever can that be? / What ever did you say to him? / Why ever should you think that?… …

    Modern English usage

  • 3 ever — [ev′ər] adv. [ME < OE æfre, prob. < WGmc bases of OE a, always, ever (see AYE1) + ? feorr, FAR] 1. at all times; always [lived happily ever after] 2. at any time [have you ever seen an eclipse?] 3. at all; by any chance; in any way …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 ever — ► ADVERB 1) at any time. 2) used in comparisons for emphasis: better than ever. 3) always. 4) increasingly; constantly: ever larger sums. 5) used for emphasis in questions expressing astonishment: why ever did you do it? ● ever and anon …

    English terms dictionary

  • 5 Ever — can refer to:* Ever is an adverb in the English language. * Eber (Standard Hebrew: unicode|ʿÉver) 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… …

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  • 6 ever- — [ evər ] prefix always or continuously: used with many adjectives and ing verb forms: paintings by Picasso, Renoir, and the ever popular Van Gogh the ever changing countryside ever increasing numbers of students …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 7 ever — O.E. æfre ever, at any time, always; no cognates in any other Germanic language; perhaps a contraction of a in feore, lit. ever in life (the expression a to fore is common in O.E. writings). First element is almost certainly related to O.E. a… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 ever- — UK [evə(r)] US [evər] prefix always or continuously used with many adjectives and ‘ ing’ verb forms paintings by Picasso, Renoir, and the ever popular Van Gogh the ever changing countryside ever increasing numbers of students Thesaurus: prefixes …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 9 Ever — ist der Familienname von: Valter Ever (1902 1981), estnischer Leichtathlet Ita Ever (* 1931), estnische Schauspielerin Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsklärung zur Unterscheidung mehrerer mit demselben Wort bezeichneter Begriffe …

    Deutsch Wikipedia

  • 10 Ever — (Schiffsw.), so v.w. Ewer …

    Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • 11 Ever — Ever, Fahrzeug, s. Ewer …

    Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • 12 ever — [adv] always, at any time anytime, at all, at all times, at any point, by any chance*, consistently, constantly, continually, endlessly, eternally, everlastingly, evermore, forever, for keeps, in any case*, incessantly, in perpetuum, invariably,… …

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  • 13 ever — [[t]e̱və(r)[/t]] ♦ (Ever is an adverb which you use to add emphasis in negative sentences, commands, questions, and conditional structures.) 1) ADV: ADV before v, ADV adv Ever means at any time. It is used in questions and negative statements. I… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 ever — adverb 1 a word meaning at any time; used mostly in questions, negatives, comparisons, or sentences with if : Nothing ever makes Ted angry. | “Do you ever get to the theatre?” “No, never.” | I don t remember ever seeing him before. | If you re… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 ever — ev|er [ evər ] adverb *** 1. ) usually in negatives or questions at any time in the past, present, or future: If you ever need any help, just let me know. Was Ron ever in the army? have you ever done something?: Have you ever been to Las Vegas?… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 ever */*/*/ — UK [ˈevə(r)] / US [ˈevər] adverb 1) at any time a) [usually in negatives or questions] at any time in the past, present, or future If you ever need any help, just let me know. Was Desmond ever in the army? have you ever done something?: Have you… …

    English dictionary

  • 17 ever — ev|er W1S1 [ˈevə US ˈevər] adv [: Old English; Origin: Afre] 1.) a word meaning at any time; used mostly in questions, negatives, comparisons, or sentences with if ▪ Nothing ever seems to upset him. ▪ Have you ever been to Paris? ▪ I don t think… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 ever*/*/*/ — [ˈevə] adv used for meaning ‘at any time in the past, present, or future , especially in questions, negatives, and CONDITIONAL sentences Have you ever been to Las Vegas?[/ex] Don t ever do that again.[/ex] If you ever need any help, just let me… …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 19 ever — adv. 1 at all times; always (ever hopeful; ever after). 2 at any time (have you ever been to Paris?; nothing ever happens; as good as ever). 3 as an emphatic word: a in any way; at all (how ever did you do it?; when will they ever learn?). b… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 20 ever — /ev euhr/, adv. 1. at all times; always: an ever present danger; He is ever ready to find fault. 2. continuously: ever since then. 3. at any time: Have you ever seen anything like it? 4. in any possible case; by any chance; at all (often used to… …

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