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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.)
  • 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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  • Most college application deadlines are in January and February. Early admission deadlines, however, are around November, and some scholarships require even earlier deadlines.
  • 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
  • "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."
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • ’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
  • 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.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • 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.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  •   ’If you’re cold, go and have a good romp in the attic. That’ll warm you.’
      Peter did not answer. He shrugged his shoulders. He was thinking. Thought, however, could not long keep itself from the suitable furnishing of a bandit’s lair in the attic.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • A few people laughed; Harry caught Seamus’s eye, and Seamus winked. Snape, however, was not pleased.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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  • "Percy!" hissed Ron, pulling Harry behind a large stone griffin. Peering around it, however, they saw not Percy but Snape.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Ron’s set was very old and battered. ... However, old chessmen weren’t a drawback at all.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • 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.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • 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.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • 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.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • "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.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Then another day when the children thought they would like to fish in the canal, a boy in a barge threw lumps of coal at them.... On the bridge, however, Roberta felt quite safe, because she could look down on the canal, and if any boy showed signs of meaning to throw coal, she could duck behind the parapet.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • It shows us what we want… whatever we want…. However, this mirror will give us neither knowledge or truth.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • "Can I ask you something?"
    "Obviously, you’ve just done so," Dumbledore smiled. "You may ask me one more thing, however."
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • "Yes, Yes, well done, Slytherin," said Dumbledore. "However, recent events must be taken into account."
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • 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.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • 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.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • 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.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • "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.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • "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.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • 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.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • 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?"
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
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as in: However much she tried... Define
to whatever degree (regardless of how much)
  • However hard he tried, he couldn’t do it.
  • However safe we make it, there will always be risk.

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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • ’We shall always be friends with you, however nasty you are to us,’ sniffed Phyllis, wildly.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • The others said he cried over it — but of course boys of ten do not cry, however terrible the tragedies may be which darken their lot.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • And they were also quite sure that he was quite sure, however little he cared to own it.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • But there was one other thing that the grown-ups also knew, and it was this: that however small the chance might be of striking lucky, the chance was there.
    Roald Dahl  --  Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
  • But a toothpaste cap-screwer is never paid very much money, and poor Mr Bucket, however hard he worked, and however fast he screwed on the caps, was never able to make enough to buy one half of the things that so large a family needed.
    Roald Dahl  --  Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

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  • But a toothpaste cap-screwer is never paid very much money, and poor Mr Bucket, however hard he worked, and however fast he screwed on the caps, was never able to make enough to buy one half of the things that so large a family needed.
    Roald Dahl  --  Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
  • ’Oh, drat charity,’ said Mrs Perks; ’nobody won’t offer you charity, Bert, however much you was to want it, I lay.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  •   ’He’s got lots of flowers of his own,’ said Peter.
      ’But it’s always nice to have them given you,’ said Bobbie, ’however many you’ve got of your own.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • Great Scott! It simply wouldn’t do!
    However long this pig might live,
    We’re positive he’d never give
    Even the smallest bit of fun
    Or happiness to anyone.
    Roald Dahl  --  Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
  • However nice the person who is teaching you may be, lessons are lessons all the world over, and at their best are worse fun than peeling potatoes or lighting a fire.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
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as in: However you do it, get it done! Define
in whatever way
  • However we do it, someone is going to be unhappy.
  • However we get there, the main thing is to be absolutely sure we’re not late.
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  • The patrols did not matter, however.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Last night, however, it came back to me in my dream.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm

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  • But the eyebrow, that black two-in-one–alas, it was still there; he couldn’t ignore it, couldn’t, however hard he tried.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • Before he reached the corner, however, he slowed as if a wind had sprung up from nowhere, as if someone had called his name.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • Looked at from a distance, however, the hen resolved itself into a bonnet, and the countenance of a stout old lady beamed down into the room.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Mr. Nathan would speak to us, however, when we said good morning, and sometimes we saw him coming from town with a magazine in his hand.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • He meant not to be unkind, however, and, as a mark of his affection for the three girls, he left them a thousand pounds a-piece.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • So is he now in execution Of any bold or noble enterprise, However he puts on this tardy form.
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • I shall serve you, sir, Truly, however else.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • This evening, however, on coming out into the street, he became acutely aware of his fears.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment

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  • However, if my own ignorance in sea affairs shall have led me to commit some mistakes, I alone am answerable for them.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • Influence in society, however, is a capital which has to be economized if it is to last.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • However, we can go into that later.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Heron, however, nudged him expressively with his elbow and said: —You’re a sly dog.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • However, I think anything is better than high intellectual pressure.
    Oscar Wilde  --  An Ideal Husband
  • She checked me, however, as I was about to depart from her—so frozen as I was!
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • But, however well we fought, we never won siege or battle and all our bouts ended with Joe Dillon’s war dance of victory.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • The danger, however, was at present so unperceived, that they did not by any means rank as misfortunes with her.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • "Well, my hat is gone, however," continued the younger.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • However, through this glorious affair I got my appointment, before I had fairly begun to hope for it.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • However, that is not my present anxiety.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • However hard he threw himself onto his right, he always rolled back to where he was.
    Franz Kafka  --  Metamorphosis
  • The impression made upon me, however made, never left me.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • It was gone, however, and the incident appeared to make the worst impression upon his mind.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • However, whatever was my motive—and it may have been pride, for I used to be very proud—I certainly struggled to the door.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • On this night, however, as soon as the cloth was taken away, he took up a candle and went into his business-room.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • It was, however, still so hot from its flight through the air as to forbid his near approach.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • None of them dare, however, to deny the merits of the ship.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • Our friend, however, escaped criticism: that is, he escaped all criticism but his own, which was much the most competent and most formidable.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • This year, however, it would be quite different.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • This motto, however, they did not commend to farmer customers who had had crop failures.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Right at the moment, however, they’re …. But then, what they’re aiming at is the future.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • This habit, however, is characteristic of a very great number of people, some of them very clever ones, not like Fyodor Pavlovitch.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • I did not die, however, but my eunuch, and the Dey, and almost the whole seraglio of Algiers perished.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • "However, you dropped me a little note, at the bottom of the page," he said.
    J.D. Salinger  --  The Catcher in the Rye
  • Basically, the conflict is a religious one, however much it may be disguised.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • You know that, however long we seemed to have lived in Narnia, when we got back through the wardrobe it seemed to have taken no time at all?
    C.S. Lewis  --  Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
  • Do you see? I mean, however long we spend here, we shall still get back to Experiment House at the moment we left it —
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Silver Chair
  • In reality, however, the fisherman talked like this because he didn’t know what lay to the North.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • There is, however, one catch …. Antimatter is highly unstable.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • However, during the third class he’d finally had enough.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • The chief thing however was that he had his official duties.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  The Death of Ivan Ilych
  • However, I will ask him when he comes in this morning.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  A Doll’s House
  • The fact that it’s encased in a human body, however, must not be overlooked.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Ender, however, was trying to figure out a way to forestall vengeance.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • We will, however, leave this Buddy Glass in the third person from here on in.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • Many, however, may wish to know more about this remarkable people from the outset, while some may not possess the earlier book.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • ’Yet however you read it, it seems not unhopeful,’ said Legolas.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • I do not believe in the Free Masons however.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Farewell to Arms
  • They, however, didn’t seem to be missing him at all.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
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