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however

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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)
  • It appears a neat job, however, as far as I could judge by candlelight, and does my friend Christopher Jackson credit.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • however = though (used to connect contrasting ideas)
  • I'll eventually kill you anyway. ... However, to save myself some trouble, I'm giving you a choice.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • however = but (used to connect contrasting ideas)
  • You weren't so nice to me last night. ... However — I want to see you.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • however = in spite of that
  • 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

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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 = no matter how
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • However safe we make it, there will always be risk.
  • however = no matter how
  • '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
  • But then there are those who wear their destinies like nooses, whose lives run straight as planks, however they try to twist.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • however = regardless of how
  • "I'll imagine however much we need," she said.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • however = enough regardless of how (to whatever degree)
  • However long he'd worked in the junkyard, he was never too tired to drive across the valley to hear me.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • however long = whatever length of time
  • 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
  • We Pashtuns cannot turn away relatives or friends, however inconvenient.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • however = regardless of how
  • I am not one of those that spare their own trouble; and Nanny shall fetch her, however it may put me to inconvenience to have my chief counsellor away for three days.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
however = regardless of how much

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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 = 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 that might be, she was unmanageable.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • 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
  • I turned to pass the tea set to my sister, so she could administer justice however she saw fit, but when I saw her expression I nearly dropped it.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • however = in whatever way
  • However she had told herself this would go, it was not like this.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • however = in whatever way
  • But however and whenever we part from one another, I am sure we shall none of us forget poor Tiny Tim—shall we—or this first parting that there was among us?
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • however = in whatever way
  • Grandma Sands called a couple of times and told them that the police thought two white men drove by in a car and threw it in during services, or that they'd already hidden it in the church with a clock set to go off during Sunday school. However it got in the church it had killed four little girls, blinded a couple more and sent a bunch of other people to the hospital.
    Christopher Paul Curtis  --  The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963
  • 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

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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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