Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. Nevertheless, nonetheless, even so, that said, in spite of this.
  • adv. To whatever degree.
  • adv. In what way; how.
  • conj. In whatever manner.
  • conj. To whatever extent.
  • conj. Although, though, but, yet.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In whetever manner, way, or degree.
  • adv. At all events; at least; in any case.
  • conj. Nevertheless; notwithstanding; yet; still; though

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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

Etymologies

From Middle English how +‎ ever. (Wiktionary)

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