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Whate'er (followed by the indicative, though often followed by be; cf. Be), 1) no matter what; this or that or any thing that; substantively: “he strikes w. is in his way,” Ven. 623. “do w. thou wilt,” Sonn. 19, 6. “w. thy thoughts be,” 93, 11. Gent. V, 4, 151. As II, 7, 109 (w. you are, i. e. savage or civil). Shr. I, 2, 155. II, 382. All's IV, 4, 36. V, 1, 37. John IV, 3, 28. R2 V, 5, 38 (Qq be, Ff am). H4A I, 3, 71 (Ff whatever). H6A I, 1, 37. H6C I, 4, 38. II, 1, 39. III, 3, 15. Troil. IV, 5, 77 (therefore Achilles: but w., know this; i. e. w. your name may be). Tit. II, 3, 195. V, 2, 71. Rom. V, 3, 26. Mcb. IV, 1, 73. Oth. III, 3, 89. Ant. II, 7, 74. IV, 4, 29. Cymb. III, 6, 80. Per. III, 2, 52. IV, 2, 10 etc. Adjectively: “w. occasion keeps him from us now,” H6B III, 1, 3.
2) == whoever: “I am to get a man, -- w. he be, it skills not much,” Shr. III, 2, 133 (perhaps == of what kind soever).
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