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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.
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(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?.
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(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?
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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.
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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?
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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.
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


(= 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
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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
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(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.
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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
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adv. cuando quiera; siempre que;
___ is neededsiempre que se necesite;
___ you wishsiempre que lo desee.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
Collins Multilingual Translator © HarperCollins Publishers 2009


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
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In the early days after his return from Moscow, whenever Levin shuddered and grew red, remembering the disgrace of his rejection, he said to himself: "This was just how I used to shudder and blush, thinking myself utterly lost, when I was plucked in physics and did not get my remove; and how I thought myself utterly ruined after I had mismanaged that affair of my sister's that was entrusted to me.
All the dainties she brought down from the Big House were for the blind child, and she beat and cuffed her other children whenever she found them teasing him or trying to get his chicken-bone away from him.
They teach us that the prior act of a superior ought to be preferred to the subsequent act of an inferior and subordinate authority; and that accordingly, whenever a particular statute contravenes the Constitution, it will be the duty of the judicial tribunals to adhere to the latter and disregard the former.
But Eustace told me that these myths were the most singular things in the world, and that he was invariably astonished, whenever he began to relate one, by the readiness with which it adapted itself to the childish purity of his auditors.
I suspected a degree of laxity in his code of morals, there was something so cold and BLASE in his tone whenever he alluded to what he called "le beau sexe;" but he was too gentlemanlike to intrude topics I did not invite, and as he was really intelligent and really fond of intellectual subjects of discourse, he and I always found enough to talk about, without seeking themes in the mire.
Whenever I look at my watch and its hands point to ten, I hear the bells of the neighboring church; but because the bells begin to ring when the hands of the clock reach ten, I have no right to assume that the movement of the bells is caused by the position of the hands of the watch.
Hence it is that for so long a time, and during so much fighting in the past twenty years, whenever there has been an army wholly Italian, it has always given a poor account of itself; the first witness to this is Il Taro, afterwards Allesandria, Capua, Genoa, Vaila, Bologna, Mestri.[*]
The people of America are aware that inducements to war may arise out of these circumstances, as well as from others not so obvious at present, and that whenever such inducements may find fit time and opportunity for operation, pretenses to color and justify them will not be wanting.
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.
Seeing the Orator fall dead of what they supposed to be atrophy of the organ of common-sense, his colleagues resolved that whenever they should adjourn because they were tired, it should be out of respect to the memory of him who had so frequently made them so.
Now, when I say that I am in the habit of going to sea whenever I begin to grow hazy about the eyes, and begin to be over conscious of my lungs, I do not mean to have it inferred that I ever go to sea as a passenger.
Whenever she went out -- and compassion for her misadventure made her friends eager to entertain her -- she bore a demeanour that was perfect.

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