whatever
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
>

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