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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)
  • 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
  • ...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

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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • However glorious might be his future as Jay Gatsby, he was at present a penniless young man without a past, and at any moment the invisible cloak of his uniform might slip from his shoulders.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • 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

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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
  • 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

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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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