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Definition of whatever adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    whatever

     adverb
    adverb
    BrE BrE//wɒtˈevə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//wətˈevər//
     
    , NAmE//wɑːtˈevər//
     
     
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  1. 1(also whatsoever
    BrE BrE//ˌwɒtsəʊˈevə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌwʌtsoʊˈevər//
     
    , NAmE//ˌwɑːtsoʊˈevər//
     
    )
    no, nothing, none, etc. whatever not at all; not of any kind They received no help whatever. ‘Is there any doubt about it?’ ‘None whatsoever.’
  2. 2(informal) used to say that it does not matter what somebody does, or what happens, because the result will be the same We told him we'd back him whatever.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: whatever