Definition of somewhat in English:

somewhat

adverb

  • To a moderate extent or by a moderate amount; rather.

    ‘matters have improved somewhat since then’
    as submodifier ‘a somewhat thicker book’
    • ‘Jenia's look of bitterness slowly melts away to be replaced by a somewhat puzzled look.’
    • ‘The rest of the team, somewhat insincerely, told me to wrap myself up warm and get lots of sleep.’
    • ‘It always brings a lump to my throat but some see it as somewhat imperialistic.’
    • ‘His was a somewhat turbulent childhood in which he knew both moderate wealth and poverty.’
    • ‘It occurs that a somewhat casual connection with reality informs much of this book.’
    • ‘The handbrake looks very out of place and somewhat flimsy compared to the rest of the interior.’
    • ‘I was somewhat angry for what she said to me and my mother has always been able to do that.’
    • ‘Following the link took me to a page somewhat like this, which was all rather scary to say the least.’
    • ‘You're away from the stage by some margin and in this case the music seemed somewhat far off.’
    • ‘Besides, a later age is accustomed to having actors vary their birth name somewhat.’
    • ‘Matters were getting somewhat out of hand with those native to the city finding it hard to get a house.’
    • ‘A somewhat younger Robert can be seen in the arms of his mother on the far right.’
    • ‘I lost a loved one in a fire and can relate somewhat, but in her case it was an accident.’
    • ‘The claim to universalism is undone somewhat when at least half the world seems to be against you.’
    • ‘She went on to paint a somewhat lurid picture of her father's itinerant lifestyle.’
    • ‘The odds are, shall we say, somewhat large, and the car was still there by the end of the evening.’
    • ‘He looks a bit like a courier, somewhat out of place in the opulent surroundings.’
    • ‘Are we saying that every woman has to look like a model or her worth is somewhat less?’
    • ‘Also this post would be rather dull, and somewhat limited if I did not quote the email.’
    • ‘The etiquette of whether one should assist or not assist blind people is somewhat unclear.’
    a little, a bit, a little bit, to a limited degree, to a limited extent, to a certain degree, to some extent, to some degree, to a point, up to a point, in some measure, rather, quite, within limits
    slightly, relatively, comparatively, moderately, fairly, marginally, a shade, rather, quite, within limits
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Phrases

  • more than somewhat

    • informal Very or very much.

      ‘it must have changed more than somewhat since then’
      • ‘Nothing wrong with a pretty ending even if, historically, it was stretching things more than somewhat.’
      • ‘The trip to the surgery taxed me more than somewhat, along with the malaise that comes from being prodded and poked.’
      • ‘It's been a wonderful summer even if the hottest part did try my endurance and my optimism, too, rather more than somewhat.’
      • ‘A melancholic feeling of irritation had settled over me, lowering my spirits more than somewhat.’
      • ‘That worries her more than somewhat, as she will no longer be able to claim that all her dishes come from local produce.’
  • somewhat of

    • Something of.

      ‘it was somewhat of a disappointment’
      • ‘Every little sound echoed causing somewhat of a microphonic effect.’
      • ‘And it's time we did something about what is turning into somewhat of a national menace.’
      • ‘Well perhaps that's somewhat of an exaggeration but you get my drift!’
      • ‘He left school when he was 12 years old and, by his own admission, became somewhat of a recluse.’
      • ‘Like Winston, he noted how the debate has come to somewhat of a standstill.’
      • ‘The change has been somewhat of an adjustment for pilots used to flying in the dark by instrumentation alone.’
      • ‘She sees an opening in the market for the services she offers and believes that these are somewhat of a new concept here.’
      • ‘Choosing the right cruise line and cruise itinerary can be somewhat of a challenge.’
      • ‘Far fewer people speak English in the suburbs, so going out for dinner becomes somewhat of an adventure.’
      • ‘Hiding what I disapprove of on my face is somewhat of a challenge.’

Pronunciation

somewhat

/ˈsʌmwɒt/