Definition of however in English:


Line breaks: how|ever
Pronunciation: /haʊˈɛvə


  • 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 for emphasis after how or why, it should be written as a separate word. Thus it is correct to write how ever did you manage? rather than however did you manage? (as distinct from other uses of the adverb however, which is always written as one word). With other words such as what, where, and who, the situation is not clear-cut: both two-word and one-word forms (both what ever and whatever, and so on) are well represented, and neither is regarded as particularly more correct than the other.

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