- Ever is defined as always, at all times, in any way or at any time.
An example of ever used as an adverb is in the sentence, "If you ever need help, please call me," which means that if you need help at any time, you should call me.
ever definition by Webster's New World
- at all times; always: lived happily ever after
- at any time: have you ever seen an eclipse?
- at all; by any chance; in any way: how can I ever repay you?
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English æfre, probably ; from West Germanic bases of Old English a, always, ever (see aye) plush uncertain or unknown; perhaps feorr, far
ever definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.
- To a great extent or degree. Used for emphasis often with so: He was ever so sorry. Was she ever mad!
Origin: Middle English, from Old English ǣfre; see aiw- in Indo-European roots.
ever - Phrases/Idioms
ever and anonor ever and again
for ever and ever
for ever and a day