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however
used in The Great Gatsby

2 meanings, 8 uses
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1  —7 uses 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.)
  • You weren't so nice to me last night. ... However — I want to see you.
    p. 155.4
however = in spite of that
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • ...an over-enlarged photograph, apparently a hen sitting on a blurred rock. 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.
    p. 29.3
  • however = though (used to connect contrasting ideas)
  • Well, he told me once he was an Oxford man. ... However, I don't believe it.
    p. 49.2
  • however = though (used to connect contrasting ideas)
  • The tears coursed down her cheeks — not freely, however, for when they came into contact with her heavily beaded eyelashes they assumed an inky color, and pursued the rest of their way in slow black rivulets.
    p. 51.4
  • however = though (used to connect contrasting ideas)
  • ...was now getting considerable attention from half a dozen curious chauffeurs. However, as they had left their cars blocking the road, a harsh, discordant din from those in the rear had been audible for some time, and added to the already violent confusion of the scene.
    p. 53.7
  • however = though (used to connect contrasting ideas)
  • Gatsby got himself into a shadow and, while Daisy and I talked, looked conscientiously from one to the other of us with tense, unhappy eyes. However, as calmness wasn't an end in itself, I made an excuse at the first possible moment, and got to my feet.
    p. 87.6
  • however = though (used to connect contrasting ideas)
  • ...one gentleman to whom I telephoned implied that he had got what he deserved. However, that was my fault, for he was one of those who used to sneer most bitterly at Gatsby on the courage of Gatsby's liquor, and I should have known better than to call him.
    p. 169.8
however = though (used to connect contrasting ideas)
There are no more uses of "however" flagged with this meaning in The Great Gatsby.

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2  —1 use as in:
However much she tried...
Definition
to whatever degree (regardless of how much; or whatever unspecified amount)
  • 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.
    p. 149.2
however = regardless of how
There are no more uses of "however" flagged with this meaning in The Great Gatsby.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
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