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somehow Syllabification: some·how
Pronunciation: /ˈsəmˌhou/

Definition of somehow in English:


1In some way; by some means: somehow I managed to get the job done
More example sentences
  • He hasn't done a full days' work since the 70s but still somehow manages to live like a king.
  • As ever, he managed somehow to talk her round, the mark of a charming man who led a charmed existence.
  • I followed her words and despite the pain, I managed to somehow overcome a lot of the pain.
by some means, by any means, in some way, one way or another, no matter how, by fair means or foul, by hook or by crook, come what may
1.1For a reason that is not known or specified: he looked different somehow
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  • We laughed at ourselves, but for some reason we somehow never made it back to his little shop.
  • We knew he was somehow different but were captivated by his knowledge and sense of fun.
  • Natai was right, he wasn't the angel he had once been, and he was different somehow.

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