ever Definition

  • 1at any time; at all times
  • 2used for emphasis in questions, typically expressing surprise or confusion

Using ever: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "ever" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    Have you ever been to Paris?

  • Example

    Did you ever find your keys?

  • Example

    I don't ever want to see you again.

  • Example

    Do you ever feel like giving up?

  • Example

    Ever since I met you, my life has changed.

ever Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with ever

  • used to introduce a hypothetical situation


    If ever there was a time to act, it is now.

  • used to say that someone or something is the same as they always have been


    She was as beautiful as ever.

  • for all future time


    They lived happily ever after.

Origins of ever

from Old English 'ǣfre'


Summary: ever in Brief

The adverb 'ever' [ˈɛvər] means 'at any time' or 'used for emphasis in questions'. It is often used in questions to express surprise or confusion. Examples include 'Have you ever been to Paris?' and 'Do you ever feel like giving up?'. Phrases include 'if ever', 'as ever', and 'ever after'.

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