adverb[usually interrogative adverb]
- 1In what way or manner; by what means: how does it work? he did not know how he ought to behave [with infinitive]: he showed me how to adjust the focusMore example sentences
- No more is said in that witness statement as to precisely how or in what manner service had been effected.
- It is not clear from the available data how these findings ought to be interpreted.
- Such checks require that we choose what to monitor, when to monitor, and how to adjust treatment.
- 2Used to ask about the condition or quality of something: how was your holiday? how did they play?More example sentences
- How are things going?
- How are your kids doing when it comes to social graces at the dinner table?
- 2.1Used to ask about someone’s physical or mental state: how are the children? I asked how he was doingMore example sentences
- How Is Your Inner Child?
- How are you doing? I had a friend ask me that simple question today, and I wasn't really able to answer it.
- 3 [with adjective or adverb] Used to ask about the extent or degree of something: how old are you? how long will it take? I wasn’t sure how fast to goMore example sentences
- There is a political question about how fast fares ought to be allowed to rise.
- You'd be forced to hook up with all manner of unsuitable partners just to show how popular you are.
- After the initial shock, he was surprised to find out how easily he adjusted to it.
- 3.1Used to express a strong feeling such as surprise about the extent of something: how kind it was of him how I wish I had been there!More example sentences
- How I wish I could always see my children the way I do today.
- How I wish I had my childhood back!
- 4 [relative adverb] The way in which; that: she told us how she had lived out of a suitcase for a weekMore example sentences
- It's amazing how you can see the personality of the examiner coming out in the tests.
- It is amazing how we can all be so familiar with something and not know its history or its origin.
- Could that be done in this case without telling juries how they ought to go about fact finding?
- 4.1In any way in which; however: I’ll do business how I likeMore example sentences
- Because he had been head teacher for so long he had obtained the mentality the school was his and he could run it how he liked.
- I just want to do it how I like thanks.
- I do what I want to do and do it how I like to do it.
- • informal Very much so (used to express strong agreement): ‘Did you miss me?’ ‘And how!’More example sentences
- ‘This'll do for a start… ‘The Grinch said, ‘and how!’
- LaBute was thrilled - ‘people were listening and responding and how!’
- 1Used to make a suggestion or offer: how about a drink?More example sentences
- If there are problems as this man states how about offering solutions instead of criticism?
- There are bigger and better storage systems than you'll see here, and if you have them at work, how about offering me a job?
- If they want to make racing more exciting and slow speeds then how about these suggestions.
- 2Used when asking for information or an opinion on something: how about your company?More example sentences
- Even if it's too late for this Christmas, how about a New Year resolution to do at least 20 minutes' exercise three times a week.
- Or how about editing and simplifying the entire physical universe?
- If one set of masts may be safe, how about two or three?
the how and why
- The methods and reasons for doing something: tonight’s edition demystifies the how and why of television ratingsMore example sentences
- To find out the how and why - and whether - we have to go further back, to the 1880s, when London's and Europe's intellectuals were beset with doubt and anomie.
- That confidence has to be regained, and lengthy explanations about the how and why of Manila's response to the hostage crisis won't be enough.
- When I had finished reading the letter I was no more informed of the how and why of it all than when I'd stepped off onto the platform, but at least I knew the order of play now.
- see come.
how do you do?
- A formal greeting.More example sentences
- ‘There hasn't even been a preliminary ‘Hey, how do you do?’
- In Eliza's first venture into polite company, she comes off as an automaton relegated to a handful of standard phrases and topics: the weather, people's health and ‘how do you do?’
- He used to kick off his act with ‘Hello, playmates, how do you do?’
- What number: how many books did you sell?More example sentences
- Among other things, it can be used to find how many days old you are and the weekday you were born.
- On Unix systems, there is a limit set in the kernel on how many open file descriptors are allowed on the system.
- We would like to know how many calls does it take to evaluate the n th Fibonacci number if we follow the given recurrence.
- What amount or price: how much did I win?More example sentences
- A company's decision on how much to give to charity can be influenced by its annual profit levels, long-term strategic giving goals, business priorities, and a host of other factors.
- Tell us how much you make, how much you've got for a downpayment, and your debt, and find out how far to stretch when home hunting.
- Mass is a measure of how much inertia an object displays.
- • archaic What is the meaning of this?.More example sentences
- How now? A rat? Dead, for a ducat, dead
- How now, a conduit, girl?
- How can you show that that is so?.More example sentences
- ‘So I didn't know you knew his dorm room,’ I grinned, ignoring the flush rising up his face I continued. ‘In fact you seem to know him and his room fairly comfortably, how so?’
- No. All I did was approach her casually, and say, ‘Really, how so?’
- Her forehead wrinkled in puzzlement, ‘Oh, how so?’
- 1What is your opinion of that?: how’s that for stereotypical thinking?More example sentences
- How's that for saving memory?
- How's That For Customer Service!
- Maybe I won't give you any dessert, how's that?
- 2 Cricket Is the batsman out or not? (said to an umpire).More example sentences
- "How's that"? Asks James Hazzledine for Collingham.
- Appeals of "How's that?" to the umpire are usually made when the fielding side think that a batsman is out lbw, or caught behind the wicket by the wicketkeeper, or stumped or run out.