Definition of however in English:

however

adverb

  • 1Used to introduce a statement that contrasts with or seems to contradict something that has been said previously.

    ‘People tend to put on weight in middle age. However, gaining weight is not inevitable’
    • ‘There is, however, a further problem which is best described as a problem of conscience.’
    • ‘For all the fiascos revealed, however, those are in some ways the easy questions.’
    • ‘As neither is a centrally contracted player, however, the club will have a say in the matter.’
    • ‘Live, however, the contrasting styles of the two albums meet perfectly in the middle.’
    • ‘By far the most interesting aspect of the affair, however, has been the response to his words.’
    • ‘Once a mandate is binding on a bank, however, it must act or be in breach of contract.’
    • ‘The contrary view, however, is that granite is a mixture of crustal and mantle sources.’
    • ‘This film however never takes itself seriously at all and is a clever well thought out modern comedy.’
    • ‘The trials will, however, be military trials, as is appropriate for a time of war.’
    • ‘The recent historical record shows this view to be utterly without foundation however.’
    • ‘The good news however is that there are a number of contracts starting to roll in.’
    • ‘It is to be noted, however, that a child cannot sue its mother for negligent harm done to it whilst in the womb.’
    • ‘At some point, however, she became bored with life in England and answered the call of the east.’
    • ‘The tracks included here are however more minimalist than some of his previous work.’
    • ‘I survived though and our team won, so yay, or however else I should show my joy and elation.’
    • ‘They are however becoming simpler, although more could still be done in this respect.’
    • ‘There is, however, a way to replicate that success while acting against price fixing.’
    • ‘The problem however is that like we all know a legal contract is not a option in the family.’
    • ‘I did, however, buy four cheaper books, of which you will doubtless hear more in time.’
    • ‘One of the others, however, would be possible for me to enter, although far from easy.’
    • ‘Since I first mentioned it, however, things seem to have got completely out of hand.’
    but, nevertheless, nonetheless, still, yet, though, although, even so, for all that, but for all that, despite that, but despite that, in spite of that, but in spite of that
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  • 2relative adverb In whatever way; regardless of how.

    ‘however you look at it, you can't criticize that’
    • ‘Anyway, however it comes about, a big grin and a warm glow are jolly good things!’
    • ‘I do know that whatever we decide and however we do things, many people will be disappointed.’
    • ‘However it happens, once you know the score you need to start work immediately to fight back.’
    • ‘However it works, it will be done from a root prompt.’
    in whatever way, regardless of how, no matter how
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    1. 2.1with adjective or adverb To whatever extent.
      ‘he was hesitant to take the risk, however small’
      • ‘She knows that readers respond not to dry arguments, however true, but to human stories.’
      • ‘So whatever the situation was, or however hard it was, the two of us were together.’
      • ‘The Earth goes round the sun, regardless of how it looks to however many people.’
      • ‘It has to be done at the time, whatever the conditions and however tired, wet and cold people may be.’
      • ‘By all means stand by your article, however offensive some may find it, as long as it is based on fact or logic.’

Usage

When ever is used for emphasis after how or why, it should be written as a separate word. Thus it is correct to write how ever did you manage? rather than however did you manage? (as distinct from other uses of the adverb however, which is always written as one word). With other words such as what, where, and who, the situation is not clear-cut: both two-word and one-word forms (both what ever and whatever, and so on) are well represented, and neither is regarded as particularly more correct than the other

Pronunciation

however

/haʊˈɛvə/