Definition of however in English:

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Pronunciation: /houˈevər/


1Used to introduce a statement that contrasts with or seems to contradict something that has been said previously: People tend to put on weight in middle age. However, gaining weight is not inevitable
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  • Live, however, the contrasting styles of the two albums meet perfectly in the middle.
  • The contrary view, however, is that granite is a mixture of crustal and mantle sources.
  • As neither is a centrally contracted player, however, the club will have a say in the matter.
nevertheless, nonetheless, but, still, yet, though, although, even so, for all that, despite that, in spite of that;
anyway, anyhow, be that as it may, all the same, having said that, notwithstanding
informal still and all
2 [relative adverb] In whatever way; regardless of how: however you look at it, you can’t criticize that
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  • I do know that whatever we decide and however we do things, many people will be disappointed.
  • Anyway, however it comes about, a big grin and a warm glow are jolly good things!
  • However it happens, once you know the score you need to start work immediately to fight back.
in whatever way, regardless of how, no matter how
2.1 [with adjective or adverb] To whatever extent: he was hesitant to take the risk, however small
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  • She knows that readers respond not to dry arguments, however true, but to human stories.
  • By all means stand by your article, however offensive some may find it, as long as it is based on fact or logic.
  • It has to be done at the time, whatever the conditions and however tired, wet and cold people may be.


When ever is used as an intensifier after how, what, when, where, or why, it should be separated by a space. Thus, how ever did you find her? could be rephrased, with no change of meaning, how did you ever find her? This rule tends to be more often followed—or more widely understood—in Britain than in the US. However in the sense of ‘no matter how’ ( however gently you correct him, Peter always takes offense) should be spelled as one word. See also whatever (usage).

Words that rhyme with however

clever, endeavour (US endeavor), ever, forever, howsoever, never, never-never, sever, Trevor, whatever, whatsoever, whenever, whensoever, wheresoever, wherever, whichever, whichsoever, whoever, whomever, whomsoever, whosoever

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Syllabification: how·ev·er

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