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ADVERB (3)

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

2. at all times; all the time and on every occasion;
- Example: "I will always be there to help you"
- Example: "always arrives on time"
- Example: "there is always some pollution in the air"
- Example: "ever hoping to strike it rich"
- Example: "ever busy"
[syn: always, ever, e'er]

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


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Ever \Ev"er\adv. [OE. ever, [ae]fre, AS. [ae]fre; perh. akin to AS. [=a] always. Cf. Aye, Age,Evry, Never.] [Sometimes contracted into e'er.] 1. At any time; at any period or point of time. [1913 Webster] No man ever yet hated his own flesh. --Eph. v. 29. [1913 Webster] 2. At all times; through all time; always; forever. [1913 Webster] He shall ever love, and always be The subject of by scorn and cruelty. --Dryder. [1913 Webster] 3. Without cessation; continually. [1913 Webster] Note: Ever is sometimes used as an intensive or a word of enforcement. "His the old man e'er a son?" --Shak. [1913 Webster] To produce as much as ever they can. --M. Arnold. [1913 Webster] Ever and anon, now and then; often. See under Anon. Ever is one, continually; constantly. [Obs.] --Chaucer. 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." --Emerson. [1913 Webster] And all the question (wrangle e'er so long), Is only this, if God has placed him wrong. --Pope. [1913 Webster] You spend ever so much money in entertaining your equals and betters. --Thackeray. For ever, eternally. See Forever. For ever and a day, emphatically forever. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 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] [1913 Webster] Would I had met my dearest foe in heaven Or ever I had seen that day, Horatio! --Shak. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

ever adv 1: at any time; "did you ever smoke?"; "the best con man of all time" [syn: ever, 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, ever, e'er] [ant: ne'er, never] 3: (intensifier for adjectives) very; "she was ever so friendly" [syn: ever, ever so]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

90 Moby Thesaurus words for "ever": all the time, always, annoyingly, anytime, anyway, anywise, at all, at all times, at any cost, at any time, aye, by any chance, by any means, by merest chance, ceaselessly, confoundedly, consistently, constantly, consummately, continually, continuously, daily, daily and hourly, day after day, day and night, endlessly, eternally, even, ever and again, ever and anon, everlastingly, evermore, every day, every hour, every moment, excessively, extremely, for all time, for aye, for good, for keeps, forever, forever and aye, forevermore, grievously, hour after hour, hourly, if at all, immensely, in all ages, in any case, in any way, incessantly, inordinately, invariably, month after month, mortally, night and day, now and forever, on and on, once, over, overfull, overly, overmuch, perennially, perpetually, plaguey, rapidly, regularly, right along, steadily, still, super, sustainedly, throughout the ages, till doomsday, till time stops, too, unceasingly, unduly, unintermittently, uninterruptedly, unvaryingly, usually, without cease, without letup, without stopping, year after year, yet