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however

[ hou-ev-er ]
/ haʊˈɛv ər /
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adverb
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?
conjunction
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
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The adverb however means “on the other hand” or “in spite of that.” How does it compare to however, but, nevertheless, still, and yet? Learn more on Thesaurus.com.

How to use however in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for however

however
/ (haʊˈɛvə) /

sentence connector
still; nevertheless
on the other hand; yet
adverb
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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