ever

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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 I've ever been here before.
If you're ever in Seattle, come and see me.
2.) formal always
Ever optimistic, I decided to take the exam again.
3.) hardly ever
not very often
We hardly ever go out.
4.) never ever
spoken never
You never ever offer to help!
5.) for ever
for all time
Nothing lasts for ever.
6.) as ever
as always happens
As ever, Joe was late.
7.) ever since
continuously since
My back has been bad ever since I fell and hurt it two years ago.
8.) ever after
for all time after something
I suppose they'll get married and live happily ever after.
9.) hotter/colder/better etc than ever
even hotter etc than before
Last night's show was better than ever.
10.) as friendly/cheerful/miserable etc as ever
as friendly etc as someone or something usually is
George was as miserable as ever.
The food was as bad as ever!
11.) ever so cold/wet/nice etc
BrE spoken very cold, wet etc
The assistant was ever so helpful.
Thanks ever so much.
12.) ever such a
BrE used to emphasize what someone or something is like
You'll like her, she's ever such a nice girl.
13.) ever-increasing/ever-present etc
increasing, present etc all the time
the ever-increasing problem of drugs in the inner cities
14.) Yours ever/Ever yours informal
used at the end of a letter above the signature
15.) if ever there was one informal
used to say that someone or something is a typical example of something
He's a natural comedian if ever there was one.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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