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as in: However, complications may... Define
despite that (Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include in spite of that, nevertheless, nonetheless, and on the other hand.)
  • "The truth." Dumbledore sighed. "It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution. However, I shall answer your questions unless I have a very good reason not to, in which case I beg you’ll forgive me. I shall not, of course, lie."
    p.298.8
  • It was plain that whatever "everyone" was saying, she was not going to believe it until Dumbledore told her it was true. Dumbledore, however, was choosing another lemon drop and did not answer.
    p.12.0

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  • He didn’t see the owls swooping past in broad daylight, though people down in the street did; they pointed and gazed open— mouthed as owl after owl sped overhead. ...  Mr. Dursley, however, had a perfectly normal, owl-free morning.
    p.4.1
  • A few people laughed; Harry caught Seamus’s eye, and Seamus winked. Snape, however, was not pleased.
    p.138.4
  • "Percy!" hissed Ron, pulling Harry behind a large stone griffin. Peering around it, however, they saw not Percy but Snape.
    p.173.8
  • Ron’s set was very old and battered. ... However, old chessmen weren’t a drawback at all.
    p.199.7
  • The common room was packed and noisy. Everyone was eating the food that had been sent up. Hermione, however, stood alone by the door, waiting for them.
    p.179.5
  • Hedwig hadn’t brought Harry anything so far. ... This morning, however, she fluttered down between the marmalade and the sugar bowl and dropped a note onto Harry’s plate.
    p.135.8
  • Harry’s partner was Seamus Finnigan (which was a relief, because Neville had been trying to catch his eye). Ron, however, was to be working with Hermione Granger.
    p.171.1
  • "Red card!" said Dean furiously. "In soccer you get shown the red card and you’re out of the game!"
    "But this isn’t soccer, Dean," Ron reminded him.
    Hagrid, however, was on Dean’s side.
    p.188.7

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  • It shows us what we want… whatever we want…. However, this mirror will give us neither knowledge or truth.
    p.213.8
  • "Can I ask you something?"
    "Obviously, you’ve just done so," Dumbledore smiled. "You may ask me one more thing, however."
    p.214.5
  • "Yes, Yes, well done, Slytherin," said Dumbledore. "However, recent events must be taken into account."
    p.305.3
  • On Christmas Eve, Harry went to bed looking forward to the next day for the food and the fun, but not expecting any presents at all. When he woke early in the morning, however, the first thing he saw was a small pile of packages at the foot of his bed.
    p.200.1
  • Once, Aunt Petunia, tired of Harry coming back from the barbers looking as though he hadn’t been at all, had taken a pair of kitchen scissors and cut his hair so short he was almost bald except for his bangs, which she left "to hide that horrible scar." ... Next morning, however, he had gotten up to find his hair exactly as it had been before Aunt Petunia had sheared it off.
    p.24.7
  • Snape was sweeping about in his usual bad temper, which surely meant that the Stone was still safe. ... Hermione, however, had more on her mind than the Sorcerer’s Stone.
    p.228.7
  • "I’ll show them… it’ll really wipe the smiles off their faces if we win." ... As the match drew nearer, however, Harry became more and more nervous, whatever he told Ron and Hermione.
    p.221.2
  • "So you mean the Stone’s only safe as long as Quirrell stands up to Snape?" said Hermione in alarm.
    "It’ll be gone by next Tuesday," said Ron.
    Quirrell, however, must have been braver than they’d thought.
    p.228.1
  • I believe your friends Misters Fred and George Weasley were responsible for trying to send you a toilet seat. No doubt they thought it would amuse you. Madam Pomfrey, however, felt it might not be very hygienic, and confiscated it.
    p.296.7
  • They made their way through the trees in silence for so long that Harry thought Firenze didn’t want to talk to him anymore. They were passing through a particularly dense patch of trees, however, when Firenze suddenly stopped. "Harry Potter, do you know what unicorn blood is used for?"
    p.258.3

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  • Most college application deadlines are in January and February. However, early admission deadlines are around November and some scholarships require even earlier deadlines.
  • 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.

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as in: However much she tried... Define
to whatever degree (regardless of how much)
  • 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;
    p.285.5

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  • However hard he tried, he couldn’t do it.
  • However safe we make it, there will always be risk.

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as in: However, complications may... Define
despite that (Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include in spite of that, nevertheless, nonetheless, and on the other hand.)
as in: However much she tried... Define
to whatever degree (regardless of how much)
as in: However you do it, get it done! Define
in whatever way
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