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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

WHATEVER, pron. [what and ever.]
1. Being this or that; being of one nature or another; being one thing or another; any thing that may be. Whatever is read, let it be read with attention. Whatever measure may be adopted, let it be with due caution. Whatever you do, let it be done with prudence.
2. All that; the whole that; all particulars that.
At once came forth whatever creeps.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: one or some or every or all without specification; "give me any peaches you don't want"; "not any milk is left"; "any child would know that"; "pick any card"; "any day now"; "cars can be rented at almost any airport"; "at twilight or any other time"; "beyond any doubt"; "need any help we can get"; "give me whatever peaches you don't want"; "no milk whatsoever is left" [syn: any, whatever, whatsoever]

Merriam Webster's

I. pronoun Date: 14th century 1. a. anything or everything that <take whatever you want> b. no matter what <whatever he says, they won't believe him> c. whatnot <enjoys skiing, hiking, or whatever> 2. what 1a(1) — used to express astonishment or perplexity <whatever do you mean by that> II. adjective Date: 14th century 1. a. any…that ; all…that <buy peace…on whatever terms could be obtained — C. S. Forester> b. no matter what <money, in whatever hands, will confer power — Samuel Johnson> 2. of any kind at all — used after the substantive it modifies with any or with an expressed or implied negative <in any order whatever — W. G. Moulton> <no food whatever> III. adverb Date: 1870 in any case ; whatever the case may be — sometimes used interjectionally to suggest the unimportance of an issue or decision between alternatives <go see a movie, watch TV,— whatever>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. & pron. 1 = WHAT (in relative uses) with the emphasis on indefiniteness (lend me whatever you can; whatever money you have). 2 though anything (we are safe whatever happens). 3 (with neg. or interrog.) at all; of any kind (there is no doubt whatever). 4 colloq. = what ever. Phrases and idioms: or whatever colloq. or anything similar.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Whatever What*ev"er, pron. Anything soever which; the thing or things of any kind; being this or that; of one nature or another; one thing or another; anything that may be; all that; the whole that; all particulars that; -- used both substantively and adjectively. Whatever fortune stays from his word. --Shak. Whatever Earth, all-bearing mother, yields. --Milton. Whatever be its intrinsic value. --J. H. Newman. Note: Whatever often follows a noun, being used elliptically. ``There being no room for any physical discovery whatever'' [sc. it may be]. --Whately.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English. 1. You use whatever to refer to anything or everything of a particular type. Franklin was free to do pretty much whatever he pleased... When you're older I think you're better equipped mentally to cope with whatever happens... He's good at whatever he does. CONJWhatever is also a determiner. Whatever doubts he might have had about Ingrid were all over now. = any DET 2. You use whatever to say that something is the case in all circumstances. We shall love you whatever happens, Diana... People will judge you whatever you do... She runs about 15 miles a day every day, whatever the weather. CONJ 3. You use whatever after a noun group in order to emphasize a negative statement. There is no evidence whatever that competition in broadcasting has ever reduced costs... I have nothing whatever to say. = whatsoever ADV: with brd-neg, n ADV [emphasis] 4. You use whatever to ask in an emphatic way about something which you are very surprised about. Whatever can you mean?... = what QUEST [emphasis] 5. You use whatever when you are indicating that you do not know the precise identity, meaning, or value of the thing just mentioned. I thought that my upbringing was 'normal', whatever that is... CONJ [vagueness] 6. You say or whatever to refer generally to something else of the same kind as the thing or things that you have just mentioned. (INFORMAL) You may like a Malt whisky that is peatier, or smokier, or sweeter, or whatever. PHRASE: cl/group PHR 7. You say 'whatever you say' to indicate that you accept what someone has said, even though you do not really believe them or do not think it is a good idea. 'We'll go in your car, Billy.'—'Whatever you say.' CONVENTION [feelings] 8. You say whatever you do when giving advice or warning someone about something. Whatever you do, don't look for a pay increase when you know the company is going through some difficulty... PHRASE: PHR cl [emphasis]

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

pron. 1. Anything, be it what it may, anything soever, whatsoever. 2. All that, the whole that.

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