Meaning of whichever in English:


relative pronoun & determiner

  • 1Used to emphasize a lack of restriction in selecting one of a definite set of alternatives.

    as determiner ‘choose whichever brand you prefer’
    as pronoun ‘their pension should be increased annually in line with earnings or prices, whichever is the higher’
    • ‘Officials are keen to point out that whichever design is selected will provide only a blueprint for whatever is finally built.’
    • ‘Every patient should be offered an outpatient appointment at Ashford or St Peter's, whichever they prefer.’
    • ‘Potential customers can get in touch via e-mail, phone, POST whichever the seller prefers.’
    • ‘The Indian wars are all but over, and the West has been tamed, or destroyed, whichever you prefer.’
    • ‘The player who came first takes whichever of these she prefers and adds it to her hand, leaving the other for the runner-up.’
    • ‘He hadn't decided which film to make, he added, but whichever story he chose he'd cast me.’
    • ‘Each has its advantages but whichever one the producer chooses is certain to alienate some section of the public.’
    • ‘In whichever way you choose to help out, I'm sure that the tax benefit of giving is the last thing on your mind.’
    • ‘Costs hidden in the seams of communist systems must be paid, whichever reform strategy is chosen.’
    • ‘All you need do is open whichever book you choose, and it will speak to you and tell its stories.’
    • ‘By whichever measure one chooses, Russell, who contemplated many universes, is a great mind.’
    • ‘Choose whichever suits you best after discussing your options with your GP or counsellor.’
    • ‘Body decoration is a primal and innate part of the human psyche, whichever way it chooses to express itself.’
    • ‘It is incorrect, however, to choose whichever analysis gives a more significant finding.’
    • ‘They will wield whatever power is necessary to do it, undermine whichever country when it seems useful to do so.’
    • ‘Once it goes outside that then it becomes the jurisdiction of whichever territorial waters it's in.’
    • ‘So whichever side is unhappy with the verdict or the outcome, they will ask the jury to be polled.’
    • ‘People who are willing to shout, wave signs, march and sing for whichever cause is being flouted at the time.’
    • ‘Maybe she had left me a clue for finding her, or maybe it was a mistake, but I intended to make use of it whichever was the case!’
    • ‘Our call is to serve God in whichever way he has equipped us to do so.’
    whichever, whichever comes to hand, no matter which, never mind which
    1. 1.1Regardless of which.
      as determiner ‘they were in a position to intercept him whichever way he ran’
      as pronoun ‘whichever they choose, we must accept it’