What does ever mean?

Definitions for ever
ˈɛv ərev·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ever, of all timeadverb

    at any time

    "did you ever smoke?"; "the best con man of all time"

  2. always, ever, e'eradverb

    at all times; all the time and on every occasion

    "I will always be there to help you"; "always arrives on time"; "there is always some pollution in the air"; "ever hoping to strike it rich"; "ever busy"

  3. ever, ever soadverb

    (intensifier for adjectives) very

    "she was ever so friendly"


  1. everadverb


    It was ever thus.

  2. everadverb

    At any time.

  3. everadverb

    In any way

    How can I ever get there in time?

  4. everadjective

    Occurring at any time, occurring even but once during a timespan.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Everadverb

    Etymology: æfre, Saxon.

    Men know by this time, if ever they will know, whether it be good or evil which hath been so long retained. Richard Hooker.

    If thou hast that, which I have greater reason to believe now than ever, I mean valour, this might shew it. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    You serve a master who is as free from the envy of friends, as ever any king was. Francis Bacon, Advice to Villiers.

    So few translations deserve praise, that I scarce ever saw any which deserved pardon. John Denham.

    The most sensual man that ever was in the world, never felt so delicious a pleasure as a clear conscience. John Tillotson, Sermons.

    By repeating any such idea of any length of time, as of a minute, a year, or an age, as often as we will in our own thoughts, and adding them to one another, without ever coming to the end of such addition, we come by the idea of eternity. John Locke.

    God hath had ever, and ever shall have, some church visible upon the earth. Richard Hooker, b. iii. s. 1.

    I see things may serve long, but not serve ever. William Shakespeare.

    Riches endless is as poor as Winter,
    To him that ever fears he shall be poor. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    Blinded greatness, ever in turmoil,
    Still seeking happy life, makes life a toil. Samuel Daniel, Civ. War.

    There under ebon shades, and low-brow’d rocks,
    In dark cimmerian desart ever dwell. John Milton.

    The inclinations of the people must ever have a great influence. William Temple.

    He shall ever love, and always be
    The subject of my scorn and cruelty. John Dryden, Ind. Emp.

    Mankind is ever the same, and nothing lost out of nature, though every thing is altered. John Dryden, Fables, Pref.

    Ever since that time Lisander has been at the house. Tatler.

    Immortal Vida! on whose honour’d brow
    The poet’s bays and critick’s ivy grow,
    Cremona now shall ever boast thy name,
    As next in place to Mantua, next in fame. Alexander Pope, Essays.

    Men are like a company of poor insects, whereof some are bees, delighted with flowers and their sweetness; others beetles, delighted with other kinds of viands; which, having enjoyed for a season, they cease to be, and exist no more for ever. John Locke.

    We’ll to the temple: there you’ll find your son;
    And there be crown’d, or give him up for ever. Ambrose Philips.

    For ever, and for ever, farewel, Cassius. William Shakespeare.

    I know a lord who values no lease, though for a thousand years, nor any estate that is not for ever and ever. William Temple.

    The meeting points the fatal lock dissever
    From the fair head, for ever and for ever. Alexander Pope.

    So long as Guyon with her communed,
    Unto the ground she cast her modest eye;
    And ever and anon, with rosy red,
    The bashful blood her snowy cheeks did dye. Fairy Queen.

    The fat ones would be ever and anon making sport with the lean, and calling them starvelings. Roger L'Estrange.

    He lay stretch’d along,
    And ever and anon a silent tear
    Stole down and trickled from his hoary beard. Dryden.

    Let no man fear that harmful creature ever the less, because he sees the apostle safe from that poison. Joseph Hall.

    For a mine undiscovered, neither the owner of the ground or any body else are ever the richer. Jeremy Collier, on Pride.

    It suffices to the unity of any idea, that it be considered as one representation or picture, though made up of ever so many particulars. John Locke.

    There must be somewhere such a rank as man;
    And all the question, wrangle e’er so long,
    Is only this, if God has plac’d him wrong. Alexander Pope, Essays.

    That ever this fellow should have fewer words than a parrot, and yet the son of a woman. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. 1.

    They brake all their bones in pieces, or ever they came at the bottom of the den. Dan. iv. 24.

    That purse in your hand, as a twin brother, is as like him as ever he can look. John Dryden, Spanish Fryar.

    As soon as e’er the bird is dead,
    Opening again, he lays his claim
    To half the profit, half the fame. Matthew Prior.

    The title of duke had been sunk in the family ever since the attainder of the great duke of Suffolk. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    I am old, I am old.
    —— I love thee better than I love e’er a scurvy young boy of them all. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. ii.


  1. ever

    Ever is an adverb that refers to an indefinite or continuous span of time, encompassing the past, present, and future. It indicates perpetuity, meaning something has happened, is happening, or will happen at any time throughout history or in the future. It emphasizes the timeless nature of an action or condition, extending without limit.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Everadverb

    at any time; at any period or point of time

  2. Everadverb

    at all times; through all time; always; forever

  3. Everadverb

    without cessation; continually

  4. Etymology: [OE. ever, fre, AS. fre; perh. akin to AS. always. Cf. Aye, Age,Evry, Never.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ever

    ev′ėr, adv. always: eternally: at any time: at all times: continually: in any degree.—n. Ev′erglade, a large shallow lake or marsh: chiefly in pl. such a marsh in southern Florida, enclosing thousands of islets covered with dense thickets.—adj. Ev′ergreen, always green.—n. a plant that remains green all the year.—adv. Evermore′, unceasingly: eternally.—Ever and anon, now and then.—Everglade State, Florida.—Ever so, to any extent; For ever, to all eternity; Seldom or ever, used for seldom if ever, or seldom or never. [A.S. ǽfre, always; der. uncertain; perh. cog. with Goth. aiws.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ever' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #348

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ever' in Written Corpus Frequency: #342

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ever' in Adverbs Frequency: #52

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ever in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ever in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of ever in a Sentence

  1. Harry Emerson Fosdick:

    No steam or gas ever drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.

  2. Anthony Ray Silva:

    No. 1, everyone there was 18 years old. No. 2, I never ever, ever, ever endangered a child. Ever. No. 3, I never provided alcohol to anyone. And I certainly did not secretly record anyone. I am innocent.

  3. Evil Rarity:

    Rarity: Or, should I say that I’ve ever imagined! Spike: Oh yeah we should definitely go by- (loud gasp) Twilight Sparkle: Spike! Never ever ever take another book at the castle with out asking! Spike: What? Just being honest, it’s what good friends do. (Twilight growls)

  4. Donald Trump:

    You know what -- and I love golf -- but if I were in the White House, I don't think I'd ever see Turnberry [in Scotland] again. I don't think I'd ever see Doral again -- I own Doral, in Miami. I don't think I'd ever see many of the places that I have, i don't ever think that I'd see anything. I just wanna stay in the White House and work my ass off, make great deals, right? Who's gonna leave? I mean, who's gonna leave?

  5. Harry Emerson Fosdick:

    No horse gets anywhere until he is harnessed. No stream or gas drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.

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