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ever (often contracted E'ER; obs. or arch. senses are)
1. throughout all time, eternally, ‘for ever’ (freq.) Tp. IV. i. 122 “Let me live here ,” Mac. V. iii. 21 “Will cheer me ever or disseat me now.”
2. with “how” and “what” forming indefinite relatives Troil. III. iii. 96 “how dearly parted,” Oth. III. iii. 470 “What bloody business ever.”
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    • William Shakespeare, Macbeth, 5.3
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