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however

[hou-ev-er] /haʊˈɛv ər/
adverb
1.
nevertheless; yet; on the other hand; in spite of that:
We have not yet won; however, we shall keep trying.
2.
to whatever extent or degree; no matter how:
However much you spend, I will reimburse you.
3.
in whatever manner:
We will allow you to travel however you please.
4.
how; how under the circumstances:
However did you manage?
conjunction
5.
in whatever way, manner, or state:
Arrange your hours however you like.
Origin of however
1350-1400
First recorded in 1350-1400, however is from the Middle English word hou-ever. See how1, ever
Synonym Study
1. See but1.
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  • On this day, however, Philothea's mind was less serene than usual.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • It seemed, however, that he had merely been thinking intently.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • however, he was regularly engaged, and it was of no use for me to say anything against him.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • That, however, is neither here nor there: but it got within two blocks of there at 11.25.

  • It was Aldonza, however, who specially touched her feelings.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
British Dictionary definitions for however

however

/haʊˈɛvə/
sentence connector
1.
still; nevertheless
2.
on the other hand; yet
adverb
3.
by whatever means; in whatever manner
4.
(used with adjectives expressing or admitting of quantity or degree) no matter how: however long it takes, finish it
5.
an emphatic form of how1 (sense 1)
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Word Origin and History for however

late 14c., from how + ever.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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