Definition of whatever in English:

whatever

relative pronoun & determiner

  • 1Used to emphasize a lack of restriction in referring to any thing or amount, no matter what.

    as pronoun ‘do whatever you like’
    as determiner ‘take whatever action is needed’
    • ‘Each student donated whatever amount he or she could afford.’
    • ‘They're doing their job because their job is to find the truth in the matter, whatever the evidence is that it turns up.’
    • ‘But whatever we may lack in hygiene, we make up for in ecological smarts.’
    • ‘Self-governing bodies are ready to pay whatever amount for the purpose of meeting scarcity of water in needy places.’
    • ‘They feel that viewing other people engaging in sexual acts is worth whatever amount of money it cost them.’
    • ‘An ultimate solution will not be reached by handing out money, in whatever amounts.’
    • ‘As snow falls, it picks up whatever chemicals and particulate matter are in the atmosphere.’
    • ‘In the case of the Families Commission the fact of the matter is that, whatever our view, the confidential agreement exists now.’
    • ‘But whatever they lacked in smarts, they made up for in looks.’
    • ‘But he makes up for whatever he lacks in physical skills with intelligence and versatility.’
    • ‘It cannot offer real freedom of religion while excluding religious influence, in whatever form, on matters of state.’
    • ‘So they showed equal amounts of activity, whatever kind of dance they watched.’
    • ‘This was why she was allowed to talk to him with whatever amount of disrespect she liked.’
    • ‘So at the end of every day in the run up to a grant payment, I and a few others would pool whatever meagre amount we had into a pot, and play cards for it.’
    • ‘And so it is that no matter whatever evils are abroad, Hope has not left us entirely.’
    • ‘The first of these is that the simple form of the verb without any markers refers to whatever time is in focus.’
    • ‘He decided in that moment to deal with whatever would happen no matter what.’
    • ‘So at the end of the night, when we cashed out, whatever money we had over the gross amount of the totaled checks, we kept as tips.’
    • ‘For whatever reason, my own abject lack of cookery experience was enlisted to help with the preparation of a monster spaghetti bolognese.’
    • ‘You are rewarded with success in whatever aspect you choose to pursue, be it a matter of the heart or a matter of business.’
    1. 1.1Regardless of what.
      as pronoun ‘you have our support, whatever you decide’
      as determiner ‘whatever decision he made I would support it’
      • ‘The next question is whether Britain is going to support whatever President Bush does regardless.’
      • ‘The aim of the service is to facilitate a woman to explore all options available and to support her in whatever decision she reaches.’
      • ‘We need to support whatever decisions our nation makes, as long as they do not directly violate the Word of God.’
      • ‘You told me that you would support me in whatever decision I made.’
      • ‘The second is an ability to look for excellence in whatever one does, regardless of external criteria of rewards and recognition.’
      • ‘The bottom line, regardless of whatever language experts would like to use, is that the Zambian economy should produce.’
      • ‘Regardless of whatever musical or fashion trend that happens to threaten its existence, metal will always remain.’
      • ‘The US does whatever it likes regardless of what has happened in the past.’
      • ‘Aderyn turned back to the front of the church, deciding to ignore whatever she'd heard.’
      • ‘Her idea was to wear whatever regardless of what the director thought.’
      • ‘They do it whatever the weather and regardless of the season.’
      • ‘They did whatever they had to regardless of whether it brought them a sense of achievement or satisfaction.’
      • ‘I hope whatever you decide is the best decision for your longterm happiness.’
      • ‘The Queen has not publicly stated a preference on the republic issue, saying she would abide by whatever decision Australians made.’
      • ‘This week, however, they are being given no say and whatever decision had been made by the Group would be forced upon them.’
      • ‘Even if you paid them, most women would not be able to maintain a decision to eat whatever they wanted for the rest of their lives.’
      • ‘The Branch wished him well in whatever decision he intended to make, but if he did decide to go it would be wholehearted.’
      • ‘They sign a binding arbitration agreement, which means they agree that whatever we decide is what happens.’
      • ‘This affects all of us - your support is vital, whatever the weather.’
      • ‘Marsden said that whatever route a company decided to take, it was important to remember that innovation was a long-term process and not a quick fix.’
      regardless of, without regard for, without regard to, disregarding, ignoring, notwithstanding, whatever, no matter what, without reference to, without consideration of, setting aside, discounting

interrogative pronoun

  • Used for emphasis instead of ‘what’ in questions, typically expressing surprise or confusion.

    ‘whatever is the matter?’

adverb

  • 1with negative At all; of any kind (used for emphasis)

    ‘they received no help whatever’
    • ‘According to Ellis, he received no compensation whatever from the French government or otherwise.’
    • ‘It is the ability to receive and release whatever is or is not needed with each inhaled and exhaled breath.’
    • ‘The adolescent recipient of this kind of torture is forced into the position of trying to prove that she didn't do whatever it is her peers claim she did.’
  • 2informal No matter what happens.

    ‘we told him we'd back him whatever’
    • ‘In doesn't matter, because whatever led to Howman being the only bloke to attend that day, the nation has had to tolerate him ever since.’
    • ‘When you take care of your partners needs no matter whatever the conditions.’
    • ‘It didn't matter though, whatever he saw in my eyes was enough to make him look rather shaken.’
    • ‘When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever is left no matter how implausible, must be true.’
    • ‘Basically, the motivation of the speaker doesn't matter, whatever side they are on.’
    • ‘Passion requires that you own up whatever you take up, no matter how small or seemingly unimportant.’
    • ‘People who will never lie down, no matter what the circumstances - people who want to win whatever they enter.’
    • ‘Winning, at all costs, and at whatever long term consequence, seems to be all that matters to them.’
    • ‘An actual community though - whatever content it may hang off - is another matter entirely.’
    • ‘Kerry's convictions, whatever they may have been, mattered far less than his ability to beat Bush.’
    • ‘Oh, and whatever you do, no matter how bad it itches afterwards - don't scratch it.’
    • ‘I did whatever it took to please my parents; no matter how depressed or sad I was.’
    • ‘Even though Josh had told her that whatever her secret was didn't matter, she knew that he would be angry.’
    • ‘She had read to many books to know that whatever she did it wouldn't matter.’
    • ‘What ever he had felt for her, whatever they had shared and no matter how special did not make him love her any less.’
    • ‘He seems to enjoy talking about whatever the subject is, no matter what it is.’
    • ‘The justification there was purely a matter of public health and nothing whatever to do with racial grounds.’
    • ‘The exercise of the right of nature requires as a matter of logic that men do whatever the law of nature requires.’
    • ‘His moral guilt is just as great whatever the form of the action, no matter whether in warranty or in fraud.’
    • ‘You are here and that's what matters, that you're here, to do whatever you need to do.’

exclamation

informal
  • Said as a response indicating a reluctance to discuss something, often implying indifference.

    ‘‘I'll call you later.’ I shrugged. ‘Whatever.’’
    • ‘It is impossible to imagine anyone less likely to say, for any reason, ‘hey, whatever!’’
    • ‘The comments are your usual online argument that even borders on Godwin's Law, yah, whatever!’
    • ‘In the case of an artist, as we see, nothing whatever!’
    • ‘I think that it's just the excessive amounts of alcohol I consumed last night, whatever!’
    • ‘I told him I wanted this, I wanted more bottom or I wanted more top - whatever!’
    • ‘That is writer's life; a life filled with fear of missing out on something, anything, whatever!’
    • ‘I mean, they said it on a messageboard, not that they'll kill us on a messageboard oh whatever!’
    • ‘I don't care to know who you are, tell the Turnkey you found it in a ditch, whatever!’
    • ‘With luck, one of those trips will be a one-way affair, but, whatever, we don't intend to be separated like this again if we can possibly avoid it.’
    • ‘Under normal circumstances I would say: whatever, the choice is yours.’
    • ‘I mean, that Mach truck going along on however many wheels on one side it's got, whatever!’
    • ‘Not sure if it's my sense of humour that has returned, or whether it's yours, but, whatever, it's a welcome change.’
    • ‘I've always said it was the first day there, but I doubt that's true - whatever, it was close to the start.’
    • ‘I did all the cleaning, and if we move, yes, I'll get a job, do the shopping, whatever!’
    • ‘It's hard to describe or explain why he was so good - whatever, he was really funny.’
    • ‘I hope that the cycle that came to an end at the start of this season is simply a temporary feature; whatever, that's what we hope to prove very quickly.’
    • ‘Maybe I was a little fatter than normal the first time, or a little thinner today; whatever, I was through!’
    • ‘As long as everyone in the band is happy and we're out touring - whatever, man.’
    • ‘Only just done, I would have picked them as poached but, whatever, they were sensational.’
    • ‘Those kinds of things shift your perspectives and, whatever, you gotta decide after a while.’

Phrases

    or whatever
    informal
    • Or anything similar.

      ‘use chopped herbs, nuts, garlic, or whatever’
      • ‘Directors can no longer plead ignorance, or whatever other excuse they choose.’
      • ‘If people do get it wrong, people should not be sacked or demoted or whatever, as long as it is done with good intent.’
      • ‘How do you get that, and get the professional skills or whatever it is that you need to widen participation?’
      • ‘Whether it is a leadership academy or whatever, is a matter for others, I expect.’
      • ‘Then more piglets die after they have been born, by being laid on by their mothers or whatever the problem is.’
      • ‘They are waiting at the door when I open up at 6.20 and will buy the paper or whatever before they go in.’
      • ‘It allows jurors to vote against the law if they consider the law unfair or whatever.’
      • ‘I suppose if you are doing a serious thing you need things to spice it up or whatever.’
      • ‘Please help with donations of clothes, blankets or whatever you think might help.’
      • ‘They said the dog had died from heat stroke or exhaustion or whatever it is that happens to dogs when they burn up.’

Pronunciation

whatever

/wɒtˈɛvə/