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1  —as in:
However, complications may...
Definition though (or another expression that connects contrasting ideas)

(Based on idea 1 we might not expect idea 2, but this is a way of saying that even though idea 1 exists, we still have idea 2.  Synonyms include in spite of that, , nevertheless, nonetheless, on the other hand, in contrastand but.)
  • Most college application deadlines are in January and February. However, early admission deadlines are around November and some scholarships require even earlier deadlines.
however = despite that (a transition word use to connect contrasting ideas)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • I hope to take the ACT just once. However, I will take it early, so there is time to study and take it again if my scores aren't high enough.
  • however = despite that (a transition word use to connect contrasting ideas)
  • Most college application deadlines are in January and February. Early admission deadlines, however, are around November, and some scholarships require even earlier deadlines.
  • however = despite that (a transition word use to connect contrasting ideas)
  • However, hot chocolate made with water is more digestible than that made with milk.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • however = though (used to connect contrasting ideas)
  • 'Perhaps the old gentleman won't notice,' said Bobbie. 'The aged are often weak in the eyes.' There was no sign of weakness, however, in the eyes, or in any other part of the old gentleman, as he stepped from the train and looked up and down the platform.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • however = though (used to connect contrasting ideas)
  • The exemption from rudeness startled him. Reading it again, however, he realized that it didn't compel him to be rude; it simply allowed him the option.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • however = though (used to connect contrasting ideas)
  • She was usually very slow and calm, and never raised her voice. Today, however, she turned her head and squealed at us.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection
  • however = in spite of that
  • ...the web is not easily broken. However, a web gets torn every day by the insects that kick around in it,
    E. B. White  --  Charlotte's Web
  • however = in spite of that
  • Of course I've never had anything to do with her, and I don't think I ever want to either. However, she's always been very civil to me.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • however = though (used to connect contrasting ideas)
  • I may be one of the worst people on earth to try explaining anything at all about money. However, I want to pass on to you something a close friend once told me—
    Arthur Golden  --  Memoirs of a Geisha
however = in spite of that

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2  —as in:
However much she tried...
Definition to whatever degree (regardless of how much; or whatever unspecified amount)
  • However hard he tried, he couldn't do it.
however = to whatever degree (regardless of how much; or whatever unspecified amount)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • However safe we make it, there will always be risk.
  • however = to whatever degree (regardless of how much; or whatever unspecified amount)
  • 'We shall always be friends with you, however nasty you are to us,' sniffed Phyllis, wildly.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • however = regardless of how
  • Then Mr Prodnose's factory came out with a chewing-gum that never lost its flavour however much you chewed it.
    Roald Dahl  --  Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
  • however = regardless of how
  • However much life in Gion was a struggle, life after running away would surely be more of a struggle.
    Arthur Golden  --  Memoirs of a Geisha
  • however = regardless of how
  • Nothing seemed to give Colin a bigger thrill than to say, "All right, Harry?" six or seven times a day and hear, "Hello, Colin," back, however exasperated Harry sounded when he said it.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • however = regardless of how
  •   Choose, unless you wish to stay here forevermore,
      To help you in your choice, we give you these clues four:
      First, however slyly the poison tries to hide,
      You will always find some on nettle wine's left side;
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • however = regardless of how
  • It must be a unanimous choice of the Committee. They can have no doubts, however fleeting. If, during the process, an Elder reports a dream of uncertainty, that dream has the power to set a candidate aside instantly.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • however = regardless of how
  • However much we approximate the time of judgment to the time of the deed, we never get a conception of freedom in time.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • however = regardless of how
  • "That may be correct," said Colonel Fedmahn Kassad, "but however they may try to use all of us as pawns, we must attempt to choose our own actions."
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
however = regardless of how

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3  —as in:
However you do it, get it done!
Definition in whatever way
  • However we do it, someone is going to be unhappy.
however = in whatever way
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • However we get there, the main thing is to be absolutely sure we're not late.
  • however = in whatever way
  • Whatever our struggles and triumphs, however we may suffer them, all too soon they bleed into a wash, just like watery ink on paper.
    Arthur Golden  --  Memoirs of a Geisha
  • however = in whatever way
  • However I took them in, I had to try not to force them out on other people, especially Maxon.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection
  • however = in whatever way
  • One thought stuck in her mind: However it had happened, it was her fault.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • however = in whatever way
  • But, he thought, assume for a moment that "having," however it is defined, might be the crux of the problem.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • however = in whatever way
  • However it had happened, Jason was elated to see their old friend in action once more.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • however = in whatever way
  • I didn't even want her serving me, and it seemed she was mostly fine with helping Mom however she could or playing with May.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • however = in whatever way
  • My Lord Nightbringer ... "For hundreds of years," Cook says, "the Nightbringer plagued mankind however he could."
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • however = in whatever way
  • Their communication, however they do it, is instantaneous.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender's Game
however = in whatever way

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Less commonly:
Much more rarely (and arguably incorrectly), however can be used to intensify the word how, as when one says "However did you find her?" Grammarians would suggest using two words for that usage: "How ever did you find her?"
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