- The definition of however is in whatever manner, to whatever degree or nevertheless.
- An example of however is someone saying they'll do whatever is necessary in make something happen; however it is necessary.
- An example of however is someone saying, even though the movie they wanted to see isn't playing, they're still going to the movies; not playing however they are still going.
however definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- no matter how; in whatever manner
- to whatever degree or extent
- by what means: however did he escape?
- nevertheless; yet; in spite of that; all the same: often used as a conjunctive adverb
Origin: Middle English hou-ever
also Old Poet.howe'er
however definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- In whatever manner or way: However he did it, it was very clever.
- To whatever degree or extent: “have begun, however reluctantly, to acknowledge the legitimacy of some of the concerns” (Christopher Lasch).
- In what way. Used as an intensive of how: However did you get here so soon?
- In spite of that; nevertheless; yet: The book is expensive; however, it's worth it.
- On the other hand; by contrast: The first part was easy; the second, however, took hours.
- In whatever manner or way: Dress however you like.
- Archaic Notwithstanding that; although.