- No matter what; for any
- Whatever choice you make, there will be consequences.
- (relative) Anything that.
- Whatever reasons you have for doing this are unimportant to me.
- 1992, Rudolf M[athias] Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, New York, N.Y.: Columbia University Press, →ISBN, page viii:
- Whatever utility the work may have outside of its stated boundaries will be largely because of such a nonprovincial approach.
- French: quel que soit, n'importe quel, n'importe quelle, peu importe, tampis
- German: Jacke wie Hose
- Italian: qualunque, qualsiasi, qualsivoglia, come vuoi, checché
- Portuguese: qualquer que seja
- Russian: како́й бы ни
- Spanish: cualquier
- French: quoi que
- German: was immer, was auch immer
- Italian: qualsiasi cosa
- Portuguese: qualquer coisa que
- Russian: всё, что
- Spanish: lo que sea que, cualquier cosa que
- No matter what; for any
- Whatever he does, he will still lose the game.
- (relative) Anything; sometimes used to indicate that the speaker does not care about options.
- I’ll do whatever I can.
- French: n'importe quoi, peu importe
- German: egal
- Portuguese: qualquer coisa
- Russian: что уго́дно
- Spanish: no importa, da igual, lo que sea
(colloquial, dismissive) A holophrastic expression used discourteously to indicate that the speaker does not consider the matter worthy of further discussion.
- "For the last time, brush your teeth!" "Whatever!"
- French: bof, c'est ça !
- German: naja, egal
- Italian: vabbè
- Portuguese: tanto faz
- Russian: всё равно́
- Spanish: como sea, filo (Chile), no importa, da igual, lo que tú digas, lo dicho, bah
- (colloquial) Unexceptional or unimportant; blah.
- (dated, postpositive) At all, absolutely, whatsoever.
- There is no point whatever in going on with this discussion.
- 1864, Charles Piazzi Smyth, Our Inheritance in the Great Pyramid (page 207)
- So then arose the horrible confusion perpetuated ever since, of perversely different kinds of weights, jostling each other in Britain; Troy weight and Avoirdupois weight and Apothecaries' weight, wherein or whereamongst every one is at sea with regard to testing them, and no one whatever is satisfied.
- 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter I, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314 ↗, page 0045 ↗:
- Serene, smiling, enigmatic, she faced him with no fear whatever showing in her dark eyes. The clear light of the bright autumn morning had no terrors for youth and health like hers.
- no matter what