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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
ever since (=all the time since)
▪ We’ve been friends ever since we were at school together.
▪ She’s been terrified of the sound of aircraft ever since the crash.
▪ We came to the UK in 1974 and have lived here ever since.
ever so slightly
▪ He leaned forward ever so slightly.
ever soBritish English
▪ They’re being ever so quiet.
hardly ever (=almost never)
▪ She lives in Spain, so we hardly ever see her.
have ever had the misfortune to do/of doing (=used for emphasizing how bad something is)
▪ He was the most arrogant man I'd ever had the misfortune of meeting.
Have you ever been to (=have you ever travelled to)
Have you ever been to Japan?
lived happily ever after (=used at the end of children’s stories to say that someone was happy for the rest of their life)
▪ So she married the prince, and they lived happily ever after .
never ever (=used to emphasize what you are saying)
▪ I’ll never ever forgive him for leaving me.
sb will never know/no one will ever know
▪ Just take it. No one will ever know.
scarcely ever
▪ He scarcely ever left the region.
the best/greatest etc that/who ever lived (=the best, greatest etc who has been alive at any time)
▪ He’s probably the best journalist who ever lived.
why on earth/why ever etc (=used for emphasis when you are surprised, angry etc)
▪ Why on earth didn’t you ask me to help?
▪ ‘I don’t want us to be seen together.’ ‘Why ever not?’
▪ But will these little companies ever become big?
▪ With computers becoming ever more common in the home, consumers are flocking to tax-preparation software.
▪ Only once or twice did he ever become aroused enough for them to make love.
▪ With so little money between us, I often worried about what would happen if he ever became ill.
▪ People seemed to become ever more critical even vicious.
▪ One by one, they drifted into slumber, becoming ever more difficult to rouse.
▪ In the age of mass communications, politics is becoming ever more marginal.
▪ And the biggest - the biggest godsend that ever came to Bass's in the maltings was the endless belt.
▪ The position, which still pertains, is as close as the Church has ever come to legitimizing family planning.
▪ Until now, he'd given up hope that such a burgeoning time would ever come again.
▪ How did we ever come to perceive body and mind as separate, nature as dead resource, and place as inconsequential?
▪ In life, the right man to love hardly ever comes at the right time for loving.
▪ Who has ever come to me hungry and unfed?
▪ It was like it fell into the greatest silence I have ever come across.
▪ It was the first time I had ever come out and said anything like that when the children could hear me.
▪ She had hoped that after so long here nomole would ever feel the need to ask her.
▪ Nothing has ever felt so warm.
▪ I don't think I'd ever felt so taxed in my career.
▪ Story: Ever feel that your life is too busy to be time-managed by one person?
▪ Had she ever felt so brittle and so cold?
▪ Do you ever feel like you missed out on things?
▪ Have you ever felt as though you don't belong in either place?
▪ Afterwards I continue to argue for rugby, feeling ever more like the devil's advocate.
▪ I never thought I would ever find a woman who could mean as much.
▪ They could not find lasting zest and pleasure in their success and eventually had given up hope of ever finding it.
▪ Many people spend years detecting without ever finding Roman coins.
▪ Nobody, not even Mr Bumble, could ever find him there!
▪ I ever find any of them dead in bed?
▪ And no nomes will ever find you again.
▪ I have ever found your plain things the knottiest of all.
▪ Nobody's mother ever got it right.
▪ Probably because no one ever got around to starting one.
▪ Will the magazine ever get put together in time?
▪ Before I could ever get to my life, conscience was arranging it all like a still life or tableau.
▪ It loves jobs that no human would ever get round to -- or find time to finish.
▪ Did you ever get one stuck in you?
▪ He'd never ever got used to Rachel's being pregnant.
▪ DecentralizedHow can any large-scale project ever get anything done with only ten people?
▪ Nothing like this had ever happened to her before, and she should have been afraid.
▪ It was Pete who said it was the best thing that ever happened.
▪ That kiss had been so bewildering, so utterly unlike anything that had ever happened to her in all her twenty-four years.
▪ If anything ever happened to her, she was all set.
▪ Thankfully, nothing like this has ever happened since.
▪ We could say our lives are boring, that nothing ever happens.
▪ But Dot had thought it wouldn't ever happen to their baby.
▪ A disclaimer at the start claims that none of the events depicted ever happened.
▪ Have you ever heard Michael Wilson speak?
▪ Have you ever heard of the singer Shirley Horn?
▪ We are not aware that Macmillan had ever heard of Bethune-Baker.
▪ Later, I forgot or thought I forgot I ever heard such a thing.
▪ Have you ever heard of such an audit system?
▪ Even if you had the greatest of talents, no one would ever hear of you.
▪ The program re-created various historical events complete with conversations no one had ever heard.
▪ Mr. McMaster How will we ever know if those claims are not assessed?
▪ I wired it up with lipstick cameras, and nobody ever knew what hit them.
▪ I forgot everything I ever knew about standing up for myself and, without argument, I slunk meekly into the night.
▪ Who ever knows? 25 Evidence Reminds me of those three monkeys.
▪ It was the only life we'd ever known.
▪ She was the sweetest person you ever knew.
▪ We won't ever know what might have been if the two had met.
▪ I believe a baby is born knowing all she will ever know, all that can be known.
▪ You have to understand that no one but my family had ever lived at Low Birk Hatt before I sold it.
▪ On a sunny Friday afternoon, the Open bid farewell to Nicklaus, to date the greatest golfer who has ever lived.
▪ The actual animals that have ever lived on Earth are a tiny subset of the theoretical animals that could exist.
▪ He has lived ever since on the ThaiBurma border, seeking to support and revive the democracy movement in his country.
▪ But it was the first time they had ever lived privately together.
▪ How would I ever live this down?
▪ Taking souvenir pictures neither of them would ever live to see.
▪ So for every man who has ever lived, in this Universe there shines a star.
▪ It was the first I had ever made, would you believe, and it was delicious!
▪ It is the greatest mistake I have ever made.
▪ It was the first time the family had ever made a trip together.
▪ Some of them are returned to normal prisons before they ever make the intensive group therapy regime.
▪ Well, no film was ever made that way.
▪ It was the best decision I have ever made in my life.
▪ What treaty that the white man ever made with us have they kept?
▪ Sandoz fell asleep faster than anyone he'd ever met.
▪ If two men ever met, there would be an almighty, violent battle.
▪ She is the least self-conscious creature I have ever met.
▪ He was an extraordinary man, one of the most civilized and cultured men I have ever met.
▪ If you ever meet a Capricorn who truly this description, let me know.
▪ He was the grimmest man I ever met, in formation.
▪ He knew now how fully, as time had passed, he despaired he would ever meet it.
▪ He was an original, Mungo decided; one of the few he had ever met.
▪ Have you ever seen the effect of that?
▪ It was the first movie we ever saw alone without our parents.
▪ I had only ever seen them in a tank or on a slab and this was totally different.
▪ The Plot John Henry was born with a hammer in his hand and was the strongest baby anybody had ever seen.
▪ Thus would be decided whether or not C.N.L. should ever see the documents.
▪ Math books, unlike any you have ever seen before, flip open.
▪ Honor thought she was the most exquisite girl she had ever seen and her heart sank lower than ever.
▪ Never in my wildest dreams had I ever thought I would even go to Hollywood, let alone work with people like him.
▪ Who had ever thought the rice barrel could become an engineer?
▪ How can he ever think tiny people are real people with real thoughts?
▪ He would look at her and wonder why he had ever thought there was any purpose in daily life.
▪ From that day to this Adam had never set eyes on Mary Gage and had hardly ever thought of her.
▪ Who ever thinks about a first baby that way?
▪ Have you ever thought, ruefully, that far from raising an obedient child you've become an obedient parent?
▪ Not many people I know ever think of the Panhandle as a Florida golf destination.
▪ Everything I've loved, everything I've ever wanted in life you've taken away from me, so you have Natasha.
▪ But then I asked whether anyone had ever wanted to.
▪ That's all a soldier ever wants, isn't it, to know what he's dying for?
▪ These folks, Raymond, are the nicest folks you could ever want to meet.
▪ No-one has ever wanted to be sent to Coventry.
▪ The thing is, no one ever wants another one.
▪ Everything that she had ever wanted was coming true.
▪ All Bud ever wanted to do was to be loved and be respected.
forever and ever
▪ And I want John to love me forever and ever.
▪ Bless the underground stream that gave the town its water, and pray that it flows forever and ever.
▪ He asked you for life, and you gave it to him - length of days forever and ever.
▪ Praised be the Lord who is to be praised forever and ever.
▪ She wanted it to go on forever and ever!
▪ The only way out is to be Dennis's lover forever and ever.
▪ To him be glory forever and ever.
Ever optimistic, Jen gave him another chance.
▪ Have you ever been on a ship like this before?
▪ Have you ever bought any of their products?
▪ I don't remember ever seeing him before.
▪ I don't think I'll ever get used to that feeling of excitement before a show.
▪ If you're ever in Wilmington, give us a call.
▪ Nothing ever makes Ted mad.
▪ Stan, ever the leader, made all the decisions.
▪ That's the biggest fish I've ever seen.
▪ That was the biggest mistake I ever made.
▪ When he left, Bartlett didn't know if he'd ever see Alaska again.
▪ Within a few years of the two World Wars, the standard of living of Western European countries was higher than ever before.
▪ For many young people this is the most difficult problem that they have ever had to deal with in their lives.
▪ From a place on the shady side I watched the most forlorn spectacle I have ever seen.
▪ If you have ever read some of the match reports from games in the 60's you would appreciate his skill.
▪ In spite of a longer work day, employees were producing more than ever before.
▪ Scarcely anyone ever went near that closet.
▪ The sound of the door to the Robemaker's Workshops closing, was one of the worst sounds Nuadu had ever heard.
▪ There is no evidence that the rifling and thievery of the files ever occurred.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Ever \Ev"er\adv. [OE. ever, [ae]fre, AS. [ae]fre; perh. akin to AS. [=a] always. Cf. Aye, Age, Evry, Never.]

  1. At any time; at any period or point of time.

    No man ever yet hated his own flesh.
    --Eph. v. 29.

  2. At all times; through all time; always; forever.

    He shall ever love, and always be The subject of by scorn and cruelty.

  3. Without cessation; continually.

    Note: Ever is sometimes used as an intensive or a word of enforcement. ``His the old man e'er a son?''

    To produce as much as ever they can.
    --M. Arnold.

    Ever and anon, now and then; often. See under Anon.

    Ever is one, continually; constantly. [Obs.]

    Ever so, in whatever degree; to whatever extent; -- used to intensify indefinitely the meaning of the associated adjective or adverb. See Never so, under Never. ``Let him be ever so rich.''

    And all the question (wrangle e'er so long), Is only this, if God has placed him wrong.

    You spend ever so much money in entertaining your equals and betters.

    For ever, eternally. See Forever.

    For ever and a day, emphatically forever.

    She [Fortune] soon wheeled away, with scornful laughter, out of sight for ever and day.
    --Prof. Wilson.

    Or ever (for or ere), before. See Or, ere. [Archaic]

    Would I had met my dearest foe in heaven Or ever I had seen that day, Horatio!

    Note: Ever is sometimes joined to its adjective by a hyphen, but in most cases the hyphen is needless; as, ever memorable, ever watchful, ever burning.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English æfre "ever, at any time, always;" of uncertain origin, no cognates in any other Germanic language; perhaps a contraction of a in feore, literally "ever in life" (the expression a to fore is common in Old English writings). First element is almost certainly related to Old English a "always, ever," from Proto-Germanic *aiwo, from PIE *aiw- "vital force, life, long life, eternity" (see eon). Liberman suggests second element is comparative adjectival suffix -re.\n

\nSometimes contracted to e'er in dialect and poetry. Ever began to be used in late Old English as a way to generalize or intensify when, what, where, etc. The sense evolution was from "at any time at all, in any way" to "at any particular time; at some time or another; under any circumstances." Ever so "to whatever extent" is recorded by 1680s. Expression did you ever? (implying "see/do/hear of such a thing") attested by 1840.


a. (context epidemiology English) Occurring at any time, occurring even but once during a timespan. adv. 1 Always. 2 At any time. alt. 1 Always. 2 At any time.

  1. adv. at any time; "did you ever smoke?"; "the best con man of all time" [syn: of all time]

  2. 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" [syn: always, e'er] [ant: never]

  3. (intensifier for adjectives) very; "she was ever so friendly" [syn: ever so]


EveR is a series of female androids developed by a team of South Korean scientists from the Korea Institute of Industrial Technology in Korea University of Science and Technology. The project is headed by Baeg Moon-hong and was unveiled to the public at Kyoyuk MunHwa HoeKwan in Seoul on May 4, 2003. The EveR name is derived from the combination of the Biblical " Eve" and the r from robot.

Ever (Love Spirals Downwards album)

Ever is the third album by Love Spirals Downwards, an ethereal wave band on the US record label, Projekt Records.

Ever (comics)
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Ever (IQ album)

Ever is the sixth studio album by neo-progressive rock band IQ. It features the return of Peter Nicholls to the lineup of the band.

Ever (fragrance)

Ever by Cotyfragrance produced in 1998 – 2008 years by Coty. It is said to have a birch- water fragrance. It is recommended for daytime wear. Line composition: Eau de Cologne, Eau de toilette, Deodorant and Hydrogel. Ever by Coty won an award-ranking for in the world.

Ever (song)

"Ever" is the thirty-eighth single released by Japanese solo artist Gackt, released on July 28, 2010 by Avex Group. It was the theme song for the multiplayer online role-playing video game Dragon Nest.

Ever (artist)

Ever (real name Nicolás Romero), is a street art artist from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Ever has been commissioned for works in Miami's Wynwood Walls street art district, and to paint a parking garage wall on Atlanta's Second Avenue as part of the Living Walls conference.

Ever began painting graffiti on his city's streets in the 1990s, starting with letter-based works. Since then, his work has evolved towards portraits of people, which Ever claimed is due to the influence of Gustav Klimt, Francis Bacon and Vincent van Gogh. Ever's preference is to paint ordinary people, based on photos he finds on the Internet, or people he sees on the streets, or simply his own brother. The "painterly" style of portraits is more typical of paintings found in a gallery than in street art. Ever uses both aerosol and brush-based techniques in his work.

Usage examples of "ever".

She repented of her abjuration, as of the greatest sin she had ever committed.

It bore both the rich aroma of leaves being burnt in the fall and the faint perfume of wildflowers ablow in the spring, but it also held a third attar which seemed to be the breath of the Wind itself which none could ever set name to.

CHAPTER 26 They Ride the Mountains Toward Goldburg Five days the Fellowship abode at Whiteness, and or ever they departed Clement waged men-at-arms of the lord of the town, besides servants to look to the beasts amongst the mountains, so that what with one, what with another, they entered the gates of the mountains a goodly company of four score and ten.

I have ever conversed, or whose treatises I have read, are firmly convinced that the several breeds to which each has attended, are descended from so many aboriginally distinct species.

Recently, and in spite of himself, ever since hearing from Abies the day before, he had been thinking more and more about the children inside the cabin.

The glass was as fine as anything that Ryan had ever seen, cut with patterns of intertwined acanthus and vine leaves.

Greenbaum, the dolichocephalous Scherer and the acephalous Hunn, had ever done a stroke of productive work or contributed anything toward the common weal.

Such treatment by the authorities soon led some socialist leaders to despair of ever achieving their goals by parliamentary means and to embrace more radical ideologies, such as syndicalism and anarchism.

Next day the Baron technically did give Granny Aching gold, but it was only the gold-coloured foil on an ounce of Jolly Sailor, the cheap and horrible pipe tobacco that was the only one Granny Aching would ever smoke.

One day they went together to the notary Raguideau, one of the shortest men I think I ever saw in my life, Madame de Beauharnais placed great confidence, in him, and went there on purpose to acquaint him of her intention to marry the young general of artillery,--the protege of Barras.

I wanted to make an end for ever and ever, not only of my acquaintanceship with him, but of every kindly thought he might keep of me, of every kindly thought I might keep of him.

Malipiero would often inquire from me what advantages were accruing to me from the welcome I received at the hands of the respectable ladies I had become acquainted with at his house, taking care to tell me, before I could have time to answer, that they were all endowed with the greatest virtue, and that I would give everybody a bad opinion of myself, if I ever breathed one word of disparagement to the high reputation they all enjoyed.

He looked down on her still, white face and bright hair, and he felt his heart contract with pain to see them darken ever so faintly and beautifully under the brilliant operating light, rich in actinic rays.

John had mused a few moments he recommenced as imperturbably and with as much acumen as ever.

Perhaps descendants of coyotes or raccoons, creatures too adaptable ever to need refuge in arks.