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Princeton's WordNet

  1. somehow, someway, someways, in some way, in some manneradverb

    in some unspecified way or manner; or by some unspecified means

    "they managed somehow"; "he expected somehow to discover a woman who would love him"; "he tried to make is someway acceptable"

  2. somehowadverb

    for some unspecified reason

    "It doesn't seem fair somehow"; "he had me dead to rights but somehow I got away with it";


  1. somehowadverb

    In one way or another; in some way not yet known or designated; by some means; as, the thing must be done somehow; he lives somehow.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Somehowadjective

    One way or other; I know not how.

    Etymology: some and how.

    The vesicular cells may be for receiving the arterial and nervous juices, that, by their action upon one another, they may be swelled somehow, so as to shorten the length of every fibril. George Cheyne.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Somehowadverb

    in one way or another; in some way not yet known or designated; by some means; as, the thing must be done somehow; he lives somehow

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'somehow' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2378

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'somehow' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2031

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'somehow' in Adverbs Frequency: #184

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of somehow in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of somehow in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of somehow in a Sentence

  1. Bill Clinton:

    The fundamental problem you have anywhere is when people think their lives and the lives of their children don't matter, they they are somehow disposable, just like a paper napkin after a lunch at a restaurant or something, if we want our freedom to be in deed as well as word in America, we have to make people feel that everybody matters again.

  2. Joe Biden:

    We have predators on our streets that society has, in fact, in part because of this neglect, created, again, it does not mean because we created them, that we somehow forgive them or do not take them out of society to protect my family and yours from them. They are beyond the pale, many of those people -- beyond the pale.

  3. Mike Pompeo:

    It wasn't just the 2016 election. Somehow America seems to forget the history of Russia's efforts to undermine western democracy for decades now.

  4. Steve Bucci:

    There is pretty strong evidence, even from the Obama administration, that the majority of the folks we released and sent back have eventually made their way to the country we sent them to, back into the fight somehow, who does that in the middle of a war?

  5. Vande Hei:

    So, when we are on the space station that's a capability that we need to maintain somehow. But, we also want to start having these new capabilities, like you mentioned, with the Artemis program, it's going to be really hard if we can't do both of those things, all of those things, if all of the burden of that falls on the taxpayer.

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    someone who sees an event and reports what happened
    • A. cycling
    • B. equity
    • C. nuisance
    • D. witness

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