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how·ev·er

 (hou-ĕv′ər)
adv.
1. In spite of that; nevertheless; yet: The book is expensive; however, it's worth it.
2. On the other hand; by contrast: The first part was easy; the second, however, took hours.
3. To whatever degree or extent: "The prospect of success, however remote, was tantalizing" (Stephen Baker).
4. In what way. Used as an intensive of how: However did you get here so soon?
conj.
1. In whatever manner or way that: Dress however you like.
2. Archaic Notwithstanding that; although: "Howe'er thou art a fiend, / a woman's shape doth shield thee" (Shakespeare).
Usage Note: It is sometimes claimed that one should not use however to begin a sentence, but few writers consistently follow this rule. In our 2015 survey, only 10 percent of the Usage Panel reported that they themselves always follow the rule, 30 percent said that they usually or sometimes follow it, and 60 percent said that they rarely or never do so. And consistent with their self-reports, two thirds of the Panel judged a sentence beginning with however to be completely acceptable, and another quarter of them judged it at least somewhat acceptable—in other words, fewer than ten percent of them objected to it. · When however is used to join clauses within a sentence, it acts as a conjunctive adverb like nevertheless, not as a coordinating conjunction like but or yet. The conventions of punctuation thus require that it be preceded by a semicolon, as in Main Street will be closed to traffic for the parade; however, the stores along it will remain open. Using a comma instead of a semicolon is likely to be perceived as a mistake. In our 2015 survey, 86 percent of the Usage Panel gave an unacceptable rating to the sentence Main Street will be closed to traffic for the parade, however, the stores along it will remain open. See Usage Notes at but, whatever.

however

(haʊˈɛvə)
sentence connector
1. still; nevertheless
2. on the other hand; yet
adv
3. by whatever means; in whatever manner
4. (used with adjectives expressing or admitting of quantity or degree) no matter how: however long it takes, finish it.
5. an emphatic form of how11

how•ev•er

(haʊˈɛv ər)

adv.
1. nevertheless; yet; on the other hand; in spite of that: We have not yet won; however, we shall keep trying.
2. to whatever extent or degree; no matter how: However much you spend, I will reimburse you.
3. how?; how under the circumstances?: However did you escape?
conj.
4. in whatever way, manner, or state: Arrange your hours however you like.
[1350–1400]

however

You use however when you are adding a comment that contrasts with what has just been said.

Some of the food crops failed. However, the cotton did quite well.
Losing at games doesn't matter to some women. Most men, however, can't stand it.

You also use however to say that it makes no difference how something is done.

You can do it however you want.
However we add that up, it does not make a dozen.
However we prepare for retirement there are undeniably risks.

Be Careful!
Don't use 'however' as a conjunction. For example, don't say 'John always cooks dinner, however I usually wash up afterwards'. You can start a new sentence or clause, for example 'John always cooks dinner. However, I usually wash up afterwards'. Or you can use a conjunction such as but or although, for example 'John always cooks dinner, although I usually wash up afterwards.'

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.however - despite anything to the contrary (usually following a concession); "although I'm a little afraid, however I'd like to try it"; "while we disliked each other, nevertheless we agreed"; "he was a stern yet fair master"; "granted that it is dangerous, all the same I still want to go"
2.however - by contrast; on the other hand; "the first part was easy; the second, however, took hours"
3.however - to whatever degree or extent; "The results, however general, are important"; "they have begun, however reluctantly, to acknowledge the legitimacy of some of the opposition's concerns"
4.however - in whatever way or manner; "Victory, however it was brought about, was sweet"; "however he did it, it was very clever"

however

adverb
1. but, nevertheless, still, though, yet, even though, on the other hand, nonetheless, notwithstanding, anyhow, be that as it may Some of the food crops failed. However, the cotton did quite well.
2. no matter how, regardless of how, in whatever way However hard she tried, nothing seemed to work.
3. how on earth, how However did you find this place in such weather?

however

adverb
In spite of a preceding event or consideration:
Informal: still and all.
Translations
كيف؟ في أي طريقَه؟ بأي وسيلَه؟كَيفَمامَعْ ذَلِكَمَع ذلك، ولكن، بالرَّغْم مِن ذلكمَهْما يَكُن
nicméněať jakýmkoli způsobemavšakjak vůbecjakkoli
alligevelhvor meget endhvordanhvordan endikke desto mindre
kuitenkin
međutim
akárhogyanbármennyiremindamellett
hvernig í ósköpunumhvernig semsama hvernigsamt
いかに・・・であろうとも
그러나
ako len
kakorkolivendar
hur som helsthur...än
อย่างไรก็ตาม
ancakbuna rağmennasılne kadarne kadar ... olsa da/bile
tuy nhiên

however

[haʊˈevəʳ]
A. ADV
1. (= nevertheless) → sin embargo, no obstante
most men, however, prefer blackla mayoría de los hombres, sin embargo or no obstante, prefieren el negro
2. (= no matter how)
however cold it is, we still manage to have funpor mucho frío que haga, nos las arreglamos para pasarlo bien
he'll never catch us however fast he runspor muy rápido que vaya or por mucho que corra no nos alcanzará
however hard she tried, she couldn't remember his namepor mucho or más que lo intentaba, no lograba acordarse de su nombre
wait 10 to 15 minutes, or however long it takesespera 10 ó 15 minutos, o los que sean necesarios
the 5,000 spectators, or however many were therelos 5.000 espectadores, o los que fuesen
take about a metre of fabric, or however much you needtoma un metro de tela o lo que necesites
3. (in questions) (= how) → cómo
however did you manage to do that?¿cómo te las arreglaste para hacer eso?
B. CONJ however it's done, it has to look rightse haga como se haga, tiene que quedar bien
however we add it up, it doesn't come to 83lo sumemos como lo sumemos, no da 83, hagamos la suma como la hagamos, no da 83
however you want or likecomo quieras
you can do it however you wantpuedes hacerlo como quieras
HOWEVER
Unlike however, sin embargo and no obstante can never end a sentence; they must always go at the beginning of it or between the clauses: He has one problem, however Sin embargo, tiene un problema He does not expect to come out of the meeting with anything concrete, however No obstante, no espera salir de la reunión con nada concreto

however

[haʊˈɛvər]
conjpourtant, cependant
This, however, isn't true → Pourtant, ce n'est pas vrai.
adv (= in whatever way) → quelle que soit la façon dont, quelle que soit la manière dont
... however you choose to do it → ... quelle que soit la façon dont tu choisis de le faire, ... quelle que soit la manière dont tu choisis de le faire
however you like, however you want → comme tu veux
(= no matter) (+ adjective)malgré
However hard she tried, nothing seemed to work → Malgré tout ce qu'elle a essayé, rien n'a marché.
(in questions) (= how on earth) → comment

however

conj
jedoch, aber; however, we finally succeededwir haben es schließlich doch noch geschafft
(inf: = oh well) → na ja (inf), → nun ja (inf)
adv
(= no matter how)wie … auch, egal wie (inf); (= in whatever way)wie; however strong he iswie stark er auch ist, egal wie stark er ist (inf); however you do itwie immer du es machst, wie du es auch machst; do it however you likemachs, wie du willst; buy it however expensive it iskaufen Sie es, egal, was es kostet; however much you cryund wenn du noch so weinst, wie sehr du auch weinst; wait 30 minutes or however long it takeswarte eine halbe Stunde oder so lange, wie es dauert; however that may bewie dem auch sei
(in question) → wie … bloß or nur; however did you manage it?wie hast du das bloß or nur geschafft?

however

[haʊˈɛvəʳ]
1. conj (still, nevertheless) → però, comunque, tuttavia
2. adv however I do itin qualunque modo lo faccia
however cold it is → per quanto freddo faccia
however much I try → per quanto ci possa provare
however did you do it? (fam) → come diavolo hai fatto?
however that may be → comunque sia

how

(hau) adverb, conjunction
1. in what way. How do you make bread?
2. to what extent. How do you like my new hat?; How far is Paris from London?
3. by what means. I've no idea how he came here.
4. in what condition. How are you today?; How do I look?
5. for what reason. How is it that I am the last to know about this?
howˈever adverb
1. in spite of that. It would be nice if we had more money. However, I suppose we'll manage with what we have.
2. (also how ever) in what way; by what means. However did you get here?; However did you do that?
3. to no matter what extent. However hard I try, I still can't do it.
conjunction
in no matter what way. This painting still looks wrong however you look at it.
how about
1. I would like to suggest. `Where shall we go tonight?' `How about the cinema?'
2. what is he, are you etc going to do?; what does he, do you etc think?. We're going to the cinema tonight. How about you?; I rather like that picture. How about you?
how come
for what reason. How come I didn't get any cake?
how do you do?
words that are said by a person to someone he is being introduced to. `How do you do? My name is Smith,' he said, shaking her hand.

however

مَعْ ذَلِكَ avšak ikke desto mindre jedoch ωστόσο sin embargo kuitenkin toutefois međutim tuttavia いかに・・・であろうとも 그러나 echter imidlertid jednakże contudo однако hur...än อย่างไรก็ตาม ancak tuy nhiên 可是

however

adv. sin embargo, no obstante.
References in classic literature ?
Nobody did, however, and nobody saw Beth wipe the tears off the yellow keys, that wouldn't keep in tune, when she was all alone.
However, when he was out of sight of the New Willard House and had no fear of coming upon his wife, he swaggered and began to drama- tize himself as one of the chief men of the town.
There was no way of finding out, however, until Tom had a chance to talk to Ned, and at present the young scientist was eagerly listening to what came over the wire.
I was ready, however, to make an agreement with him; I would set down on paper all that I remembered of Antonia if he would do the same.
He did not lead the way, however, he directed the way; and he himself loitered behind with the lovers, who had betrayed a disposition to linger and hold themselves apart.
Such things may seem incredible; but, however wondrous, they are true.
However, of course the scoffer didn't laugh -- I mean the boy.
The event, however, was most joyful; and every day was giving her fresh reason for thinking so.
In all these cases, however, unanimity and the sanction of their constituents are requisite.
Danglars, however, who now made his appearance, accompanied by Caderousse, effectually confirmed the report, stating that he had recently conversed with M.
Convinced, however, that he was in a dangerous neighborhood, he advanced with the utmost caution; winding his way through hollows and ravines, and avoiding, as much as possible, any open tract, or rising ground, that might betray his little party to the watchful eye of an Indian scout.
After a little while, however, Mow-Mow, who stood in advance, motioned them to come on stealthily, which they did, scarcely rustling a leaf.