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 (wĕn-ĕv′ər, hwĕn-)
1. At whatever time.
2. When. See Usage Note at whatever.
1. At whatever time that: We can leave whenever you're ready.
2. Every time that: The child smiles whenever the puppy appears.


(subordinating) at every or any time that; when: I laugh whenever I see that.
1. no matter when: it'll be here, whenever you decide to come for it.
2. informal at an unknown or unspecified time: I'll take it if it comes today, tomorrow, or whenever.
3. an intensive form of when, used in questions: whenever did he escape?.


(ʰwɛnˈɛv ər, wɛn-, ʰwən-, wən-)

1. at whatever time; at any time when: Come whenever you like.
2. when? (used emphatically): Whenever did he say that?


1. used in time clauses

You use whenever in time clauses to say that something always happens or is always true when something else happens or is true.

Whenever she lost a game, she used to cry.
She always comes to see me whenever she is in the area.

If you are talking about the future, you use the present simple tense in the time clause, not a future form.

You can talk to me whenever you feel depressed.

Every time and each time can be used in a similar way to 'whenever'.

Every time I want to catch that bus it's late.
He frowned each time she spoke.
2. used with 'possible'

You can use whenever with possible instead of using a time clause. For example, instead of saying 'She met him whenever it was possible for her to meet him', you simply say 'She met him whenever possible'.

I avoided arguments whenever possible.
It is better to tell the truth whenever possible.
في أي وَقْت، كُلَّماكُلَّمَاكلَّما، في كُل وَقْتٍكلما
hver gangnår
milloin tahansa
kad god
hvenær semhvenær sem er
~할 때마다
vždy keď
jämt närnär som helstnär…ännärhelstnärsom
duğu her zamanher ne zamanistediğin zaman
bất cứ lúc nào


1. (= at whatever time) → cuando
we can leave whenever it suits younos podemos ir cuando quieras
come whenever you likeven cuando quieras
2. (= every time) → siempre que, cuando, cada vez que, cada que (Mex)
whenever I smell roses I think of Marysiempre que or cada vez que or cuando huele a rosas me acuerdo de Mary
whenever you see one of those, stopsiempre que or cada vez que or cuando veas uno de esos, párate
I go whenever I canvoy siempre que puedo
we will help whenever possibleayudaremos siempre cuando or que sea posible
1. Monday, Tuesday, or wheneverel lunes o el martes o cuando sea
2. (in questions) → cuándo
whenever did I say that?¿cuándo dije yo eso?
whenever can he have done it?¿cuándo demonios ha podido hacerlo?
whenever do I have the time for such things?¿cuándo crees que tengo tiempo para estas cosas?


advn'importe quand
When shall I come? - Oh, whenever → Quand dois-je venir? - Oh, n'importe quand.
conj (= when) → quand (= every time that) → chaque fois que
I go whenever I can → J'y vais chaque fois que je le peux.
whenever possible (= on every occasion) → à chaque fois que c'est possible
Avoid processed foods whenever possible
BUT Évitez les aliments transformés quand c'est possible.


(= each time)jedes Mal wenn
(= at whatever time)wann (auch) immer, ganz egal or gleich or einerlei wann; (= as soon as)sobald; I’ll visit you whenever you likeich werde dich besuchen, wann immer du willst; whenever you like!wann du willst!; we’ll leave whenever he’s readywir brechen auf, sobald er fertig ist
(emph) whenever can he have done it?wann kann er das nur or wohl getan haben?; whenever do I have the time for such things?wann habe ich schon or je Zeit für so was?; tomorrow, or whenever (inf)morgen, oder wann auch immer


1. conj
a. (rel, at whatever time) → quando, in qualsiasi momento + sub; (every time that) → quando, ogni volta che
come whenever you like → vieni quando vuoi
leave whenever it suits you → parti quando ti fa comodo or in qualsiasi momento ti faccia comodo
I go whenever I can → ci vado quando posso
whenever you see one of those, stop → fermati quando ne vedi uno
b. (in questions) whenever did I say that?quando mai l'ho detto?
2. adv tomorrow or wheneverdomani o in un altro momento
last week or whenever → la settimana scorsa o non so più quando


(wen) adverb
at what time(?). When did you arrive?; When will you see her again?; I asked him when the incident had occurred; Tell me when to jump.
(wən, wen) conjunction
1. (at or during) the time at which. It happened when I was abroad; When you see her, give her this message; When I've finished, I'll telephone you.
2. in spite of the fact that; considering that. Why do you walk when you have a car?
whence (wens) adverb
from what place or circumstance (?); from where (?).
whenˈever adverb, conjunction
1. at any time that. Come and see me whenever you want to.
2. at every time that. I go to the theatre whenever I get the chance.


كُلَّمَا kdykoli hver gang Immer οποτεδήποτε siempre que milloin tahansa n'importe quand kad god ogni volta che いつでも ~할 때마다 wanneer når kiedykolwiek a qualquer hora всякий раз, когда när…än เมื่อใดก็ตาม istediğin zaman bất cứ lúc nào 任何时间


adv. cuando quiera; siempre que;
___ is neededsiempre que se necesite;
___ you wishsiempre que lo desee.


adv (doesn't matter when) cuando quiera, a la hora que sea; (every time that) cada vez que; whenever you have pain..cada vez que tenga dolor
References in classic literature ?
Jo remembered the kind old gentleman, who used to let her build railroads and bridges with his big dictionaries, tell her stories about queer pictures in his Latin books, and buy her cards of gingerbread whenever he met her in the street.
The brother had died of starvation, and whenever the carpenter got upon that subject he cried.
He had probably lived there for years, with a fat prairie-dog for breakfast whenever he felt like it, a sheltered home, even an owl-feather bed, perhaps, and he had forgot that the world doesn't owe rattlers a living.
Madame Lebrun was bustling in and out, giving orders in a high key to a yard-boy whenever she got inside the house, and directions in an equally high voice to a dining-room servant whenever she got outside.
While, therefore, he sustained an outward appearance of calmness and fortitude, his heart leaped into his throat, whenever any of their fierce captors drew nearer than common to the helpless sisters, or fastened one of their sullen, wandering looks on those fragile forms which were so little able to resist the slightest assault.
But if she were a long while absent he became pettish and nervously restless, pacing the room to and fro with the uncertainty that characterized all his movements; or else would sit broodingly in his great chair, resting his head on his hands, and evincing life only by an electric sparkle of ill-humor, whenever Hepzibah endeavored to arouse him.
Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people's hats off--then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.
While it was going on they sat and looked as rapt and grateful as cats do when one strokes their backs; and whenever the curtain fell they rose to their feet, in one solid mighty multitude, and the air was snowed thick with waving handkerchiefs, and hurricanes of applause swept the place.
He waited until the place had become absolutely silent and expectant, then he delivered his deadliest shot; delivered it with ice-cold seriousness and deliberation, with a significant emphasis upon the closing words: he said he believed that the reward offered for the lost knife was humbug and bunkum, and that its owner would know where to find it whenever he should have occasion TO ASSASSINATE SOMEBODY.
It requires no skill in the science of war to discern that uniformity in the organization and discipline of the militia would be attended with the most beneficial effects, whenever they were called into service for the public defense.
Nothing is more certain than the indispensable necessity of government, and it is equally undeniable, that whenever and however it is instituted, the people must cede to it some of their natural rights in order to vest it with requisite powers.
His proposition is, "that whenever any two of the three branches of government shall concur in opinion, each by the voices of two thirds of their whole number, that a convention is necessary for altering the constitution, or CORRECTING BREACHES OF IT, a convention shall be called for the purpose.