- How is defined as in what way.
An example of how is to ask in what manner a building was constructed.
- in what manner or way; by what means
- in what state or condition
- for what reason or purpose; why: how is it that you don't know?
- by what name
- with what meaning; to what effect
- to what extent, degree, amount, etc.
- at what price
- ☆ Informal what: usually a request to repeat something said
Origin of howMiddle English hwu, hu ; from Old English akin to Old High German hweo (Ger wie), Gothic hwai-wa ; from Indo-European interrogative base an unverified form kwo-, an unverified form kwe- from source why, who, Classical Latin quo, Sanskrit kā
- the manner or way in which: show us how you did it
- the state or condition in which: ask him how he's been
- the extent, degree, amount, etc. to which: do you know how I despise you?
- in whatever manner or way: judge him how you will
- Informal that: he told us how he was happy about it
how about something?
how about that!
- what is the meaning of this?
- how else?
- In what manner or way; by what means: How does this machine work?
- In what state or condition: How is she today?
- To what extent, amount, or degree: How bad was it?
- For what reason or purpose; why: How is it that he left early?
- With what meaning: How should I take that remark?
- By what name: How is she called?
- By what measure; in what units: How do you sell this corn?
- What. Usually used in requesting that something be said again: How's that again?
- Used as an intensive: How we laughed!
- The manner or way in which: forgot how it was done.
- That: I told them how I had once been bitten by a snake.
- In whatever way or manner; however: Cook it how you please.
Origin of howMiddle English howe, from Old English hū; see kwo- in Indo-European roots.
- To what degree.
- How often do you practice?
- In what manner.
- How do you solve this puzzle? How else can we get this finished?
- Used as a modifier to indicate surprise, delight, or other strong feelings.
- How very interesting! How wonderful it was to receive your invitation.
- In what state.
- How are you?
- How was your vacation?
- See usage notes on else (adv).
- How good is it? means "To what extent is it good?", whereas How is it good? means "In what manner is it good?". Likewise, I know how good it is means "I know the extent to which it is good", whereas I know how it is good means "I know the manner in which it is good".
- The means by which something is accomplished.
- I am not interested in the why, but in the how.
- In which way; in such way.
- I remember how to solve this puzzle.
- That, the fact that, the way that.
Middle English how, hou, hu, hwu, Old English hū, from Proto-Germanic *hwō, from the same root as hwæt (“who, what”). Akin to Old Saxon huo (Low German wo), hū, Dutch hoe, compare German wie (“how”). See who and compare why.
From Old Norse haugr.