American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adv. In whatever manner or way: However he did it, it was very clever.
- adv. To whatever degree or extent: "have begun, however reluctantly, to acknowledge the legitimacy of some of the concerns” ( Christopher Lasch).
- adv. In what way. Used as an intensive of how: However did you get here so soon?
- adv. In spite of that; nevertheless; yet: The book is expensive; however, it's worth it.
- adv. On the other hand; by contrast: The first part was easy; the second, however, took hours.
- conj. In whatever manner or way: Dress however you like.
- conj. Archaic Notwithstanding that; although.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In whatever manner; to whatever extent or degree: as, however badly or rudely one may act; however distant from the starting-point.
- At all events; in any case; by any means.
- [However often occurs in recent colloquial or provincial use, chiefly in England, for how, interrogative and relative, where the proper usage is how … ever, one or more words intervening. So whatever is similarly used for what … ever.
- Nevertheless; notwithstanding; yet; still: as, a costly article, which, however, is worth the price.
- adv. conjunctive Nevertheless, nonetheless, even so, that said, in spite of this.
- adv. degree To whatever degree.
- adv. chiefly UK, as an intensified form in interrogatives In what way; how.
- conj. In whatever manner.
- conj. To whatever extent.
- conj. proscribed Although, though, but, yet.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adv. In whetever manner, way, or degree.
- adv. At all events; at least; in any case.
- conj. Nevertheless; notwithstanding; yet; still; though.
- adv. despite anything to the contrary (usually following a concession)
- adv. by contrast; on the other hand
- adv. in whatever way or manner
- adv. to whatever degree or extent
- From Middle English how + ever. (Wiktionary)
“The word Lent, however, comes from the Anglo-Saxon word lengthen, which means: Spring.”
“Palin however is clearly an outsider, a competent speaker, and as I said looks like a normal person.”
“What I am certain however, is that ultimately, illegal immigration exists on account of pretty strong reasons both in labor supply and labor demand.”
“The customer will design the label however I am the one who handles the submission to the TTB for approval.”
“The title however is “we crashed bikes” so it must have been a bike.”
“One really must read the label however–there are those who are allergic to whey proteins and milk and could be at great risk by drinking this product.”
“This day dedicated to pranksters everywhere has been around a long time; the origin however, is lost in oblivion.”
“The word however is not forthcoming, the US Fifth Fleet is too important for them by which they have been plotting ways to control the heart of the Persian Gulf and the region overall.”
“Savers must be committed to locking funds away for the duration of the term however, as early access will often result in penalty.”
“The other video shows the man signing the date of the wine on the label however when I came back to Greece, I had second thoughts about the true date on the wine.”
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