What does Whatever mean?

Definitions for Whatever
ʰwʌtˈɛv ər, ʰwɒt-, ʰwət-, wʌt-, wɒt-, wət-What·ev·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. any(a), whatever, whatsoeveradjective

    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"


  1. whateverpronoun

    Anything; used to indicate that the speaker does not care about options.

  2. whateveradjective

    Unexceptional or unimportant; blah.

    Whatever choice you make, there will be consequences.

  3. whateveradjective

    No matter which; for any

    Whatever choice you make, there will be consequences.

  4. whateveradjective

    Anything that.

    Whatever you say is fine with me.

  5. whateverinterjection

    A holophrastic expression used discourteously to indicate that the speaker does not consider the matter worthy of further discussion.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Whatever, Whatso, Whatsoeverpronouns.

    Whatso is not now in use.

    Etymology: from what and soever.

    To forfeit all your goods, lands, tenements,
    Castles, and whatsoever, and to be
    Out of the king’s protection. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    If thence he ’scape into whatever world. John Milton.

    In whatsoever shape he lurk I’ll know. John Milton.

    Wisely restoring whatsoever grace
    It lost by change of times, or tongues or place. John Denham.

    Holy writ abounds in accounts of this nature, as much as any other history whatsoever. Joseph Addison, Freeholder.

    No contrivance, no prudence whatsoever can deviate from his scheme, without leaving us worse than it found us. Francis Atterbury.

    Thus whatever successive duration shall be bounded at one end, and be all past and present, must come infinitely short of infinity. Richard Bentley, Sermons.

    Whatever is read differs as much from what is repeated without book, as a copy does from an original. Jonathan Swift.

    Whatsoever our liturgy hath more than theirs, they cut it off. Richard Hooker.

    Whatever thing
    The scythe of time mows down, devour. John Milton.

    Be whate’er Vitruvius was before. Alexander Pope.

    From hence he views with his black lidded eye,
    Whatso the heaven in his wide vault contains. Edmund Spenser.

    Whate’er the ocean pales or sky inclips
    Is thine. William Shakespeare.

    At once came forth whatever creeps. John Milton.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Whatever

    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


  1. Whatever

    "Whatever" is the sixth song performed by Japanese singer-songwriter Ayumi Hamasaki, for her album Loveppears. The song was written by Hamsaki herself, composed by Kazuhito Kikuchi and produced by Max Matsuura. The song is a trance and electronic dance. The album version, which is the Dub 1999 Remix was released as the single version. The J Version was released with the single version. It is over seven minutes long. "Whatever" peaked at number 5 on the Japanese Oricon charts. In the music video, it features Hamasaki in a white baby-blue room where water falls, where she is sitting on a seat in a white suit. In the video, small intercut scenes of a boy in an angel costume is seen. Critical reception was mostly positive from critics. The song was released February 10, 1999 in Japan, and later released worldwide digitally.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Whatever' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #916

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Whatever' in Written Corpus Frequency: #332

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Whatever in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Whatever in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Whatever in a Sentence

  1. Rudy Giuliani:

    If he shot James Comey, he'd be impeached the next day, impeach him, and then you can do whatever you want to do to him.

  2. Paul Tergat:

    As a former athlete, President of NOCK and IOC Member, I am most disturbed by these recent developments. It is telling me that whatever we have been doing is not delivering results and there is need to recalibrate our approach.

  3. Bill Withers:

    I feel that it is healthier to look out at the world through a window than through a mirror. Otherwise, all you see is yourself and whatever is behind you.

  4. Pauley Perrette:

    I said to him 'William's a beautiful name; I have a little nephew named William,' for whatever reason he went to go punch me one more time, and he said 'get the f--- out of here,' and I did.

  5. Danny Thomas:

    We follow Ali for the rest of her life so that we know what her chemo or radiation, whatever treatment she had, how that has affected her life, how's her hearing, how's her eyesight, how's her liver, is she going to be able to have children?

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    an onerous or difficult concern
    • A. germ
    • B. encumbrance
    • C. contempt
    • D. helm

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