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1. At all times; always: ever hoping to strike it rich.
a. At any time: Have you ever been to Europe?
b. In any way; at all: How did they ever manage? See Usage Note at rarely.
3. To a great extent or degree. Used for emphasis, often with so: He was ever so sorry. Was she ever mad!
ever and again/anon
Now and then; occasionally.
for ever and a day
Always; forever.

[Middle English, from Old English ǣfre; see aiw- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. at any time: have you ever seen it?.
2. by any chance; in any case: how did you ever find out?.
3. at all times; always: ever busy.
4. in any possible way or manner: come as fast as ever you can.
5. informal chiefly Brit (intensifier, in the phrases ever so, ever such, and ever such a): ever so good; ever such bad luck; ever such a waste.
6. ever and again ever and anon archaic now and then; from time to time
7. is he ever! esp slang US and Canadian he displays the quality concerned in abundance
[Old English ǣfre, of uncertain origin]
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(ˈɛv ər)

1. at any time: Did you ever go skiing?
2. at all times; always: an ever-present danger.
3. continuously: ever since then.
4. in any possible case; by any chance; at all: How did you ever manage?
1. ever and again or anon, now and then.
2. ever so, very: I'm ever so sorry.
[before 1000; Middle English; Old English ǣfre]
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1. 'ever'

Ever is used in negative sentences, questions, and comparisons to mean 'at any time in the past' or 'at any time in the future'.

Neither of us had ever skied.
I don't think I'll ever be homesick here.
Have you ever played football?
I'm happier than I've ever been.
2. 'yet'

Don't use ever in questions or negative sentences to ask whether an expected event has happened, or to say that it has not happened so far. Don't say, for example, 'Has the taxi arrived ever?' or 'The taxi has not arrived ever'. The word you use is yet.

Have you had your lunch yet?
It isn't dark yet.
See yet
3. 'always'

Don't use ever in positive sentences to say that there was never a time when something was not true. Don't say, for example, 'I've ever been happy here'. Use always.

She was always in a hurry.
Talking to Harold always cheered her up.
See always
4. 'still'

Don't use ever to say that something is continuing to happen. Don't say, for example, 'When we left, it was ever raining'. Use still.

Unemployment is still falling.
I'm still a student.
See still
5. 'ever since'

If something has been true ever since a particular time, it has been true all the time from then until now.

'How long have you lived here?' – 'Ever since I was married.'
We have been good friends ever since.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.ever - at any time; "did you ever smoke?"; "the best con man of all time"
2.ever - at all timesever - 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"
ne'er, never - not ever; at no time in the past or future; "I have never been to China"; "I shall never forget this day"; "had never seen a circus"; "never on Sunday"; "I will never marry you!"
3.ever - (intensifier for adjectives) very; "she was ever so friendly"
intensifier, intensive - a modifier that has little meaning except to intensify the meaning it modifies; "`up' in `finished up' is an intensifier"; "`honestly' in `I honestly don't know' is an intensifier"
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1. at any time, at all, in any case, at any point, by any chance, on any occasion, at any period, evr (S.M.S.) Don't you ever talk to me like that again!
2. always, for ever, at all times, relentlessly, eternally, evermore, unceasingly, to the end of time, everlastingly, unendingly, aye (Scot.), evr (S.M.S.) Mother, ever the peacemaker, told us to stop fighting.
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أَبَداًأي مَرَّه، أبَدادائِماللتَّوْكيد
vůbec někdy
nogensindepokkervirkeligi al verdenlige siden
alltaf, ætíîmjög, ákafleganokkurn tíma
amžinai žaliuojantisamžinai žaliuojantis medisvisvisžalis
arvienever aftergangandrīz nekadhardly ever
až do smrtivlastne
Allah aşkınaçokdaimahephiç
bao giờ


[ˈevəʳ] ADV
1. (= always) → siempre
ever afterdesde entonces
they lived happily ever aftervivieron felices
as evercomo siempre; (ending letter) → un abrazo ...
for ever (= always) → siempre
for ever and ever; for ever and a daypor siempre jamás; (= until end of time) → para siempre
ever readysiempre dispuesto
ever since (as adv) → desde entonces; (as conj) → desde que
yours ever (ending letter) → un abrazo ...
2. (= at any time) all she ever does is make jamse pasa la vida haciendo mermelada
if you ever go theresi vas allí alguna vez
nothing ever happensnunca pasa nada
we haven't ever tried itnunca lo hemos probado
did you ever find it?¿lo encontraste por fin?
did you ever meet him?¿llegaste a conocerlo?
have you ever been there?¿has estado allí alguna vez?
better than evermejor que nunca
hardly evercasi nunca
seldom, if everrara vez o nunca
now, if ever, is the time or moment toahora o nunca es el momento de ...
he's a liar if ever there was oneél sí que es un mentiroso
a nice man, if ever I saw onehombre simpático donde los haya or si los hay
more than evermás que nunca
more beautiful than evermás hermoso que nunca
did you ever?¡habráse visto!
3. (used as intensifier) is it ever big! (US) → ¡qué grande es!, ¡si vieras lo grande que es!
as if I ever would!¿me crees capaz de hacer algo semejante?
as soon as ever you canlo antes or lo más pronto posible
before ever you were bornantes de que nacieras
never ever(nunca) jamás
ever so (esp Brit) → muy
it's ever so coldhace un frío terrible
we're ever so gratefulestamos muy agradecidos
ever so many thingstantísimas cosas, la mar de cosas
ever so muchmucho, muchísimo
he's ever so nicees simpatiquísimo
why ever did you do it?¿por qué demonios lo hiciste?
why ever not?¿y por qué no?
4. (after superl) it's the best everjamás ha habido mejor
the coldest night everla noche más fría que nunca hemos tenido
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(in questions)déjà
Have you ever been to Germany? → Est-ce que tu es déjà allé en Allemagne?
Have you ever seen her? → Vous l'avez déjà vue?
(in negative statements)jamais
I haven't ever done that → Je ne l'ai jamais fait.
hardly ever → ne ... presque jamais
(= at any time) → jamais
for the first time ever → pour la première fois
the best ever → le meilleur qui soit
the best I've ever seen → le meilleur que j'aie jamais vu
better than ever advmieux que jamais; adjmeilleur(e) que jamais
(= always) → toujours
All he ever does is complain → Il ne fait que se plaindre., Il est tout le temps à se plaindre.
as ever → comme toujours
yours ever, ever yours (British) (old-fashioned)amicalement vôtre
for ever → pour toujours
ever since prepdepuis; advdepuis; conjdepuis que
ever since I met him → depuis que je l'ai rencontré
We have been friends ever since
BUT Nous sommes amis depuis ce moment-là.
ever since then → depuis ce moment-là
(emphatic) (British) ever so (+ adjective) (= extremely) → vraiment
ever so pretty → vraiment joli(e), joli(e) comme tout
ever so much → vraiment beaucoup
I like him ever so much → Je l'aime vraiment beaucoup.
thank you ever so much → merci mille fois
ever such a
He's ever such a good dancer → Il est tellement bon danseur.
(expressing puzzlement) why ever not? → pourquoi donc?
who ever → qui donc
Who ever would do such a thing? → Qui donc pourrait faire une chose pareille?
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


je(mals); not evernie; nothing ever happenses passiert nie etwas; it hardly ever snows herehier schneit es kaum (jemals); if I ever catch you doing that againwenn ich dich noch einmal dabei erwische; if you ever see herwenn Sie sie je sehen sollten; seldom, if everselten, wenn überhaupt; he’s a rascal if ever there was oneer ist ein richtiggehender kleiner Halunke; as if I ever wouldals ob ich das jemals täte; don’t you ever say that again!sag das ja nie mehr!; neither of us had ever ridden a horsekeiner von uns war schon jemals geritten; have you ever been to Glasgow?bist du schon einmal in Glasgow gewesen?; have you ever known him tell a lie?haben Sie ihn (schon) jemals lügen hören?; did you ever see or have you ever seen anything so strange?hast du schon jemals so etwas Merkwürdiges gesehen?; more beautiful than ever (before)schöner denn je (zuvor); the best soup I have ever tasteddie beste Suppe, die ich je(mals) gekostet habe; the first … everder etc allererste; the first man ever to walk on the moonder erste Mensch, der je(mals) den Mond betrat; I’ll never, ever forgive myselfdas werde ich mir nie im Leben verzeihen
(= at all times) ever since I was a boyseit ich ein Junge war; ever since I have lived here …seitdem ich hier lebe; ever since (then)seit der Zeit, seitdem; for everfür immer, für alle Zeit(en); it seemed to go on for ever (and ever)es schien ewig zu dauern; for ever and a dayfür alle Zeiten, ewig und drei Tage (inf); ever increasing powerständig wachsende Macht; an ever present feelingein ständiges Gefühl; he was ever the troublemakerer war ein ewiger Unruhestifter; all she ever does is complainsie tut nichts anderes als sich ständig zu beschweren
(intensive) be he ever so charmingwenn er auch noch so liebenswürdig ist, sei er auch noch so liebenswürdig; come as quickly as ever you cankomm so schnell du nur kannst; she’s the best grandmother eversie ist die beste Großmutter, die es gibt; did you ever! (inf)also so was!
what ever shall we do?was sollen wir bloß machen?; when ever will they come?wann kommen sie denn bloß or endlich?; why ever not?warum denn bloß nicht? ? whatever, whereveretc
(inf) ever so/suchunheimlich; ever so slightly drunkein ganz klein wenig betrunken; he’s ever such a nice maner ist ein ungemein netter Mensch; I am ever so sorryes tut mir schrecklich leid; thank you ever so muchganz herzlichen Dank
(old, = always) → allzeit (old, liter)
(in letters) yours ever or ever yours, Wendyviele Grüße, Ihre Wendy
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[ˈɛvəʳ] adv
a. (always) → sempre
ever ready → sempre pronto/a
ever since (then) they have been very careful → da allora in poi sono stati molto prudenti
ever since I've known him → sin da quando lo conosco
with ever increasing frequency → con sempre maggior frequenza
they lived happily ever after → e vissero per sempre felici e contenti
as ever → come sempre
for ever → per sempre
they are for ever fighting → litigano di continuo
yours ever (Brit) (in letters) → sempre tuo/a
b. (at any time) → mai
hardly ever → quasi mai
nothing ever happens → non succede mai nulla
if you ever go there → se ti capita di andarci
did you ever meet him? → l'hai mai incontrato?
have you ever been there? → ci sei mai stato?
we haven't ever tried it → non l'abbiamo mai provato
more handsome than ever → più bello che mai
now if ever is the time or moment to ... → ora o mai più è il momento di...
the best ever → il/la migliore che ci sia mai stato/a
the best film ever → il miglior film che si sia mai visto
he's a liar if ever there was one → se c'è un bugiardo al mondo quello è lui
c. (emphasizing) as soon as ever you canal più presto possibile
why ever did you do it? → perché mai l'hai fatto?
why ever not? → ma perché no?
never ever → mai e poi mai
ever so pretty → così bello/a
he's ever so strong → è fortissimo
ever so slightly drunk → leggermente sbronzo
we're ever so grateful → siamo estremamente grati
thank you ever so much → grazie mille
as if I ever would! → non sia mai detto!
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(ˈevə) adverb
1. at any time. Nobody ever visits us; She hardly ever writes; Have you ever ridden on an elephant?; If I ever / If ever I see him again I shall get my revenge; better than ever; the brightest star they had ever seen.
2. always; continually. They lived happily ever after; I've known her ever since she was a baby.
3. used for emphasis. The new doctor is ever so gentle; What ever shall I do?
always; continually. the ever-increasing traffic.
ˈevergreen adjective
(of trees etc) having green leaves all the year round. Holly is evergreen.
an evergreen tree. Firs and pines are evergreens.
everˈlasting adjective
endless; continual; unchanging. I'm tired of your everlasting grumbles; everlasting life/flowers.
ˌeverˈlastingly adverb
ˌeverˈmore adverb
for all time. He said that he would love her (for) evermore.
for ever / forˈever adverb
1. continually. He was forever looking at this watch.
2. for all time. I'll love you for ever (and ever).
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.


أَبَداً vůbec někdy nogensinde jemals ποτέ alguna vez koskaan jamais ikada mai 今までに 이제까지 ooit noensinne kiedykolwiek sempre всегда någonsin ตลอด şimdiye kadarki bao giờ 曾经
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adv. siempre;
for ___ and ___por ___ jamás;
hardly ___casi nunca;
___ sincedesde entonces, desde que.
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You only just tell a boy you won't ever have anybody but him, ever ever ever, and then you kiss and that's all.
Willoughby, he, whom only half an hour ago she had abhorred as the most worthless of men, Willoughby, in spite of all his faults, excited a degree of commiseration for the sufferings produced by them, which made her think of him as now separated for ever from her family, with a tenderness, a regret, rather in proportion, as she soon acknowledged within herself--to his wishes than to his merits.
The few words that I have to add to what I have written are soon penned; then I and the unknown friend to whom I write will part for ever. Not without much dear remembrance on my side.
Did he see any faint reflection of his own image making a vain-glorious will, whereby five-and-twenty Humbugs, past five-and-fifty years of age, each taking upon himself the name, Josiah Bounderby of Coketown, should for ever dine in Bounderby Hall, for ever lodge in Bounderby buildings, for ever attend a Bounderby chapel, for ever go to sleep under a Bounderby chaplain, for ever be supported out of a Bounderby estate, and for ever nauseate all healthy stomachs, with a vast amount of Bounderby balderdash and bluster?
Tim's head being powdered like a twelfth cake, and his spectacles copied with great nicety, strangers detected a close resemblance to him at the first glance, and this leading them to suspect that the other must be his wife, and emboldening them to say so without scruple, Mrs Linkinwater grew very proud of these achievements in time, and considered them among the most successful likenesses she had ever painted.
Mainwaring insupportably jealous; so jealous, in short, and so enraged against me, that, in the fury of her temper, I should not be surprized at her appealing to her guardian, if she had the liberty of addressing him: but there your husband stands my friend; and the kindest, most amiable action of his life was his throwing her off for ever on her marriage.
Tell me: to whom hath there ever fallen such rosy apples from the tree as have fallen unto me?
don't you ever forgit it ag'in, if you knows what's good for you.
If Sydney Carton ever shone anywhere, he certainly never shone in the house of Doctor Manette.
A man that hath no virtue in himself, ever envieth virtue in others.
It was the splendidest sight that ever was when they all come riding in, two and two, a gentleman and lady, side by side, the men just in their drawers and undershirts, and no shoes nor stirrups, and resting their hands on their thighs easy and comfortable -- there must a been twenty of them -- and every lady with a lovely complexion, and per- fectly beautiful, and looking just like a gang of real sure-enough queens, and dressed in clothes that cost millions of dollars, and just littered with diamonds.
In the keen distress of the discovery of his unworthiness, I thought more of all that was brilliant in him, I softened more towards all that was good in him, I did more justice to the qualities that might have made him a man of a noble nature and a great name, than ever I had done in the height of my devotion to him.