Definition of how-to in English:

how-to

adjective

informal
  • attributive Providing detailed and practical advice about the way to do something.

    ‘a how-to book on public speaking’
    • ‘I asked him if he'd read any of Adams's how-to books on exposure, development, and printing.’
    • ‘Many of the books about hunting and shooting are how-to books, whether they cover hunting, gunsmithing or other shooting sports-related topics.’
    • ‘I know, in the way that I know that Australia is moving north at the rate that our toe nails grow, that only 2% of people who buy how-to books or self-help books act on the advice of the book.’
    • ‘This technique is popular in many self-help and how-to books.’
    • ‘This clear and concise how-to book would be a perfect resource for anyone involved with the raising of children.’
    • ‘But Vince has an escape: he retreats to his room, where he studies how-to disco dance books.’
    • ‘Teens can also learn how to make illegal drugs; plenty of Web sites offer recipes, ingredients, and detailed how-to photos.’
    • ‘In the US, for example, there is an abundance of colourful how-to books, which show step-by-step how to perform certain skills, from home wiring and plumbing, to landscape design and construction.’
    • ‘There are a variety of plans available in how-to books, magazines and from building material suppliers.’
    • ‘The tips are often random collections of articles licensed from how-to magazines and books.’
    • ‘For instance, Pogue not only includes the how-to's but a lot of otherwise undocumented hints and tips as well.’
    • ‘The series will look at problems with the current industry, explore how family farms and local economies might play in a better model, and offer how-to advice for creating and sustaining that model.’
    • ‘The keys are spending time at a resort, having experienced friends to slide with, reading how-to books, and perhaps taking some lessons at a resort.’
    • ‘I'm looking for examples of factual books - preferably how-to books - that some readers read for the fun of imagining themselves using this knowledge.’
    • ‘Larry Mak has written a number of books including Secrets of Modern Slot Playing, an informative and fun-filled how-to book for slot machine players everywhere.’
    • ‘No reporting or speculative essay has given as much of a glimpse of this future as this how-to book of basement biology.’
    • ‘This book doesn't try to emulate other how-to books and avoids the pitfall of becoming mired in too many technical details.’
    • ‘They were mock-serious how-to books in rather academic style, purporting to tell you how to be one up on everyone else you came in contact with, whether in games and sports or in ordinary social interaction.’
    • ‘These resources could include information on physical activity and disease states, fitness information, active living tip sheets, how-to resources, and resources to assess and monitor physical activity.’
    • ‘Join or start a writing club, subscribe to an online writers' group, read how-to books by the pros, and grab a mentor wherever you can - someone to give you honest and personal feedback.’
    • ‘There are solid how-to instructions like other books, and his includes sections on the legacy of African American literature and author profiles of legendary authors.’
    empirical, hands-on, pragmatic, real, actual, active, applied, experiential, experimental, non-theoretical, in the field
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noun

informal
  • A book or other guide that provides detailed and practical advice.

    ‘a how-to on processing digital images’
    • ‘Student projects offer the much-needed freedom to look beyond the rule books and explore alternative design and zoning solutions - the why-to versus the how-to.’
    • ‘The final bibliography on other how-tos and books on comics is excellent, as are the reading lists along the way, even if Chinn's tastes run a little uncool.’
    • ‘It's pretty much a how-to on doing stuff like this.’
    • ‘With three children, the how-to of parenthood has become an even deeper mystery than it was before.’
    • ‘If there's sufficient interest I will make a complete how-to on wiring up your house.’
    • ‘Diet books, medical guides, how-tos and self-improvement schemes, after all, ritually command readers to do it this way, not that way.’
    • ‘The Web site is the home for material aimed at the end user of CAD software - tutorials, how-tos, tips and tricks.’
    • ‘Here, we offer a primer on perfect push-up technique and toss in a how-to on the stability ball push-up, a neat new twist on this old favorite.’
    • ‘Also on the site is a lengthy primer that provides a near-step-by-step how-to in establishing and empowering a Web presence for a candidate.’
    • ‘In the following pages we'll guide you through a how-to on building your own PC.’
    • ‘The book is conceived as a how-to for ‘qualitative method journalism.’’
    • ‘After a brief how-to in paddling, you'll push off.’
    • ‘Learn more about facilitating by getting a good how-to on the subject.’
    • ‘This how-to assumes that a junction box is already available.’
    • ‘There's all kinds of workshops and how-tos on preparing for interviews.’
    • ‘The how-tos are intuitive, and my career has improved because of my subscriptions to this magazine.’
    • ‘If you're in the weblog tool building business, this should read like a how-to for how you'd go about creating a new product.’
    • ‘He outlines seven basic steps: writing, editing, a publishing how-to, design, printing (if applicable), promotion and sales.’
    • ‘But don't look for a how-to in the owners' manual - this feature is undocumented, an inside joke of sorts…’
    • ‘Nevertheless, his ambition and success could tempt as a how-to.’
    hint, suggestion, piece of advice, word, word of advice, pointer, cue, clue, guideline, recommendation, maxim
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Pronunciation

how-to

/ˈhaʊ tuː/