[ hou-ev-er ]
/ haʊˈɛv ər /


nevertheless; yet; on the other hand; in spite of that: We have not yet won; however, we shall keep trying.
to whatever extent or degree; no matter how: However much you spend, I will reimburse you.
in whatever manner: We will allow you to travel however you please.
how; how under the circumstances: However did you manage?


in whatever way, manner, or state: Arrange your hours however you like.


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Origin of however

First recorded in 1350–1400, however is from the Middle English word hou-ever. See how1, ever

synonym study for however

1. See but1. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for however

/ (haʊˈɛvə) /

sentence connector

still; nevertheless
on the other hand; yet


by whatever means; in whatever manner
(used with adjectives expressing or admitting of quantity or degree) no matter howhowever long it takes, finish it
an emphatic form of how 1 (def. 1)
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