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had | ever |

As a verb had

is (have).

As an adverb ever is


As an adjective ever is

(epidemiology) occurring at any time, occurring even but once during a timespan.




  • (have)
  • *1814 , Jane Austen, Mansfield Park :
  • *:About thirty years ago, Miss Maria Ward of Huntingdon, with only seven thousand pounds, had the good luck to captivate Sir Thomas Bertram, of Mansfield Park, in the county of Northampton.
  • (auxiliary) Used to form the pluperfect tense, expressing a completed action in the past (+ past participle).
  • *2011 , Ben Cooper, The Guardian , 15 April:
  • *:Cooper seems an odd choice, but imagine if they had taken MTV's advice and chosen Robert Pattinson?
  • As past subjunctive: ‘would have’.
  • *1499 , (John Skelton), The Bowge of Courte :
  • *:To holde myne honde, by God, I had grete payne; / For forthwyth there I had him slayne, / But that I drede mordre wolde come oute.
  • *, II.4:
  • *:Julius Cæsar had escaped death, if going to the Senate-house, that day wherein he was murthered by the Conspirators, he had read a memorial which was presented unto him.
  • *1849 , , In Memoriam , 24:
  • *:If all was good and fair we met, / This earth had been the Paradise / It never look’d to human eyes / Since our first Sun arose and set.
  • Usage notes

    Had'', like (that), is one of a very few words to be correctly used twice in succession in English, e.g. ''He had had several operations previously.





    (wikipedia ever)


  • Always.
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  • *:“A tight little craft,” was Austin’s invariable comment on the matron;. ¶ Near her wandered her husband, orientally bland, invariably affable, and from time to time squinting sideways, as usual, in the ever -renewed expectation that he might catch a glimpse of his stiff, retroussé moustache.
  • At any time.
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  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=3 , passage=Now all this was very fine, but not at all in keeping with the Celebrity's character as I had come to conceive it. The idea that adulation ever cloyed on him was ludicrous in itself. In fact I thought the whole story fishy, and came very near to saying so.}}
  • In any way.
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  • (lb)
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  • Derived terms

    (terms derived from ever) * e’er * everchanging * everlasting * everloving * evermind * ever-present * ever since * ever smoker * ever so * every * forever, for ever, for ever more * for ever and ever, forever and ever * happily ever after * however * never * never ever * whatever * whatsoever * whenever * whichever * whoever


  • (epidemiology) Occurring at any time, occurring even but once during a timespan.
  • * 1965 , Reuben Hill, The family and population control: a Puerto Rican experiment in social change
  • This family empathy measure is highly related to ever use of birth control but not to any measure of continuous use.