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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  No  man  ever  yet  hated  his  own  flesh.  --Eph.  v.  29. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  ever 
  adv  1:  at  any  time;  "did  you  ever  smoke?";  "the  best  con  man  of  all 
  time"  [syn:  {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},  {e'er}] 
  [ant:  {never}] 
  3:  (intensifier  for  adjectives)  very  "she  was  ever  so 
  friendly"  [syn:  {ever  so}] 




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