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.
- at all times; always: lived happily ever after
- continually or continuously: usually in comb., often hyphenated: an ever worsening conflict
- at any time: have you ever seen an eclipse?
- at all; by any chance; in any way: how can I ever repay you?
Origin of everMiddle English from Old English æfre, probably from West Germanic bases of Old English a, always, ever (see aye) + uncertain or unknown; perhaps feorr, far
ever and anon
for ever and ever
- 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 of everMiddle English from Old English ǣfre ; see aiw- in Indo-European roots.
- It was ever thus.
- At any time.
- If that ever happens, we’re in deep trouble. He's back and better than ever.
- In any way
- How can I ever get there in time?
- (informal) As intensifier.
- Was I ever glad to see you! Did I ever!
- After that experience, I will never ever do it again!
- (epidemiology) Occurring at any time, occurring even but once during a timespan.
From Middle English evere, from Old English ǣfre, originally a phrase whose first element undoubtedly consists of Old English ā "ever, always" + in "in" + an element possibly from fēore (nominative feorh) "life, existence". Compare Old English ā tō fēore "ever in life", Old English feorhlīf (“life”).