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’
    • ‘The recent historical record shows this view to be utterly without foundation however.’
    • ‘They are however becoming simpler, although more could still be done in this respect.’
    • ‘The tracks included here are however more minimalist than some of his previous work.’
    • ‘Once a mandate is binding on a bank, however, it must act or be in breach of contract.’
    • ‘By far the most interesting aspect of the affair, however, has been the response to his words.’
    • ‘I did, however, buy four cheaper books, of which you will doubtless hear more in time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This film however never takes itself seriously at all and is a clever well thought out modern comedy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The problem however is that like we all know a legal contract is not a option in the family.’
    • ‘The trials will, however, be military trials, as is appropriate for a time of war.’
    • ‘At some point, however, she became bored with life in England and answered the call of the east.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The contrary view, however, is that granite is a mixture of crustal and mantle sources.’
    • ‘Since I first mentioned it, however, things seem to have got completely out of hand.’
    • ‘There is, however, a way to replicate that success while acting against price fixing.’
    • ‘I survived though and our team won, so yay, or however else I should show my joy and elation.’
    • ‘One of the others, however, would be possible for me to enter, although far from easy.’
    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’
    • ‘I do know that whatever we decide and however we do things, many people will be disappointed.’
    • ‘However it works, it will be done from a root prompt.’
    • ‘Anyway, however it comes about, a big grin and a warm glow are jolly good things!’
    • ‘However it happens, once you know the score you need to start work immediately to fight back.’
    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’
      • ‘It has to be done at the time, whatever the conditions and however tired, wet and cold people may be.’
      • ‘So whatever the situation was, or however hard it was, the two of us were together.’
      • ‘She knows that readers respond not to dry arguments, however true, but to human stories.’
      • ‘By all means stand by your article, however offensive some may find it, as long as it is based on fact or logic.’
      • ‘The Earth goes round the sun, regardless of how it looks to however many people.’

Usage

When ever is used as an intensifier after how, what, when, where, or why, it should be separated by a space. Thus, how ever did you find her? could be rephrased, with no change of meaning, how did you ever find her? This rule tends to be more often followed—or more widely understood—in Britain than in the US. However in the sense of ‘no matter how’ (however gently you correct him, Peter always takes offense) should be spelled as one word. See also whatever

Pronunciation

however

/houˈevər//haʊˈɛvər/