What does however mean?

Definitions for however
haʊˈɛv ərhow·ev·er

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word however.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. however, nevertheless, withal, still, yet, all the same, even so, nonetheless, notwithstandingadverb

    despite anything to the contrary (usually following a concession)

    "although I'm a little afraid, however I'd like to try it"; "while we disliked each other, nevertheless we agreed"; "he was a stern yet fair master"; "granted that it is dangerous, all the same I still want to go"

  2. howeveradverb

    by contrast; on the other hand

    "the first part was easy; the second, however, took hours"

  3. howeveradverb

    to whatever degree or extent

    "The results, however general, are important"; "they have begun, however reluctantly, to acknowledge the legitimacy of some of the opposition's concerns"

  4. howeveradverb

    in whatever way or manner

    "Victory, however it was brought about, was sweet"; "however he did it, it was very clever"


  1. howeveradverb

    Nevertheless, nonetheless, even so, that said, in spite of this.

    He told me not to do it; however, I did it.

  2. howeveradverb

    To whatever degree.

    However clear you think you've been, many questions will remain.

  3. howeveradverb

    In what way; how.

    However did you do that?

  4. howeverconjunction

    In whatever manner.

    Do it however you want.

  5. howeverconjunction

    To whatever extent.

  6. howeverconjunction

    Although, though, but, yet.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Howeveradverb

    Etymology: how and ever.

    This ring he holds
    In most rich choice; yet in his idle fire,
    To buy his will, it would not seem too dear,
    Howe’er repented of. William Shakespeare, All’s well that ends well.

    To trace the ways
    Of highest agents, deem’d however wise. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    Our chief end is to be freed from all, if it may be, however from the greatest evils; and to enjoy, if it may be, all good, however the chiefest. John Tillotson, Sermon 1.

    In your excuse your love does little say;
    You might howe’er have took a fairer way. Dryden.

    Its views are bounded on all sides by several ranges of mountains, which are however at so great a distance, that they leave a wonderful variety of beautiful prospects. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    I do not build my reasoning wholly on the case of persecution, however I do not exclude it. Francis Atterbury.

    Few turn their thoughts to examine how those diseases in a state are bred, that hasten its end; which would, however, be a very useful enquiry. Jonathan Swift.


  1. However

    However is an adverb in the English language.


  1. however

    "However" is an adverb used to introduce a statement that contrasts with or contradicts something previously mentioned. It can indicate a transition in thought or show an exception or unforeseen circumstance. It's also used to mean "in whatever way or to whatever extent."

Webster Dictionary

  1. Howeveradverb

    in whetever manner, way, or degree

  2. Howeveradverb

    at all events; at least; in any case

  3. However

    nevertheless; notwithstanding; yet; still; though; as, I shall not oppose your design; I can not, however, approve of it

  4. Etymology: [Sometimes contracted into howe'er.]


  1. However

    However is the 12th single release by Japanese band Glay on August 6, 1997. It debuted at #1 on the Oricon chart, appearing at that position for 5 weeks in total, selling 1,341,980 copies. The title song was used as ending song for the TV-drama "Ryakudatsu Ai Abunai Onna" aired on TBS channel, whose opening theme was another Glay song, "Freeze My Love", and all the music was instrumental versions of Glay's songs.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. However

    how-ev′ėr, adv. and conj. in whatever manner or degree: nevertheless: at all events.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'however' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #125

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'however' in Written Corpus Frequency: #887

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'however' in Adverbs Frequency: #22

Anagrams for however »

  1. whoever

  2. everwho

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of however in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of however in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of however in a Sentence

  1. Patrick Pouyanne:

    This year, experts see demand at about 1.2 million barrels per day, me and my team see it at about 1.4 million barrels per day, which is still strong and means the market is rebalancing, but will not rebalance completely by the end of the year, however, it will somehow support prices.

  2. Olivier Jankovec:

    However, the political instability and uncertainty it has created in the UK and beyond is already hurting business confidence and might end up doing the same for consumer confidence – this could affect demand for air transport later in the year.

  3. Blaine Thiederman:

    Is it going to provide you the same returns that you might be able to receive if you were to go out and invest in your own real estate ? Unlikely, however, I've seen stock-market-like returns through each of these platforms and occasionally better returns.

  4. Sara Gideon:

    I am considering it, i have a very important responsibility from now until November 6 to re-elect a Democratic majority( in Maine House), so I am laser-focused on that in the next four and a half weeks. However, this is something I am seriously considering and once we get past November 6 then I will be really laying out everything and making a decision.

  5. Bank Vontobel analyst Bernd Pomrehn:

    Holcim Philippines operates in a high-growth market and is profitable, but the divestment would have helped LafargeHolcim to reduce its net debt by 1.8 billion Swiss francs, however, even without this transaction we expect the company's deleveraging to proceed.

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