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[adv] 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"
[adv] at any time; "did you ever smoke?"; "the best con man of all time"
[adv] (intensifier for adjectives) very; "she was ever so friendly"


ne'er, never

Misc. Definitions

\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. No man ever yet hated his own flesh. --Eph. v. 2
2. At all times; through all time; always; forever. He shall ever love, and always be The subject of by scorn and cruelty. --Dryder.
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?'' --Shak. 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.] --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. And all the question (wrangle e'er so long), Is only this, if God has placed him wrong. --Pope. 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. 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! --Shak. 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.

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