Pronunciation: (hwut-ev'ur, hwot-, hwut-, wut-, wot-, wut-),[key] —pron. 1. anything that (usually used in relative clauses): Whatever you say is all right with me. 2. (used relatively to indicate a quantity of a specified or implied antecedent): Take whatever you like of these. 3. no matter what: Do it, whatever happens. 4. any or any one of a number of things whether specifically known or not: papers, magazines, or whatever. 5. what (used interrogatively): Whatever do you mean?
—adj. 1. in any amount; to any extent: whatever merit the work has. 2. no matter what: whatever rebuffs he might receive. 3. being what or who it may be: Whatever the reason, he refuses to go. 4. of any kind (used as an intensifier following the noun or pronoun it modifies): any person whatever.