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ˈsʌmˌʰwʌt, -ˌʰwɒt, -ʰwət, -ˌwʌt, -ˌwɒt, -wətsome·what

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. slightly, somewhat, more or lessadverb

    to a small degree or extent

    "his arguments were somewhat self-contradictory"; "the children argued because one slice of cake was slightly larger than the other"

  2. reasonably, moderately, pretty, jolly, somewhat, fairly, middling, passablyadverb

    to a moderately sufficient extent or degree

    "pretty big"; "pretty bad"; "jolly decent of him"; "the shoes are priced reasonably"; "he is fairly clever with computers"


  1. somewhatadverb

    To a limited extent or degree.

  2. somewhatpronoun


Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Somewhatadverb

    In some degree.

    Holding of the breath doth help somewhat to cease the hiccough. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    He is somewhat arrogant at his first entrance, and is too inquisitive through the whole; yet these imperfections hinder not our compassion. Dryden.

  2. Somewhatnoun

    Etymology: some and what.

    Upon the sea somewhat methought did rise
    Like blueish mists. John Dryden, Indian Emperor.

    He that shuts his eyes against a small light, on purpose to avoid the sight of somewhat that displeases him, would, for the same reason, shut them against the sun. Francis Atterbury.

    Concerning every of these, somewhat Christ hath commanded, which must be kept ’till the world’s end: on the contrary side, in every of them somewhat there may be added, as the church judges it expedient. Richard Hooker.

    These salts have somewhat of a nitrous taste, but mixt with a smatch of vitriolick. Nehemiah Grew.

    Somewhat of his good sense will suffer in this transfusion, and much of the beauty of his thoughts will be lost. Dryden.


  1. somewhat

    Somewhat is an adverb that is used to refer to a degree or extent that is not large but still noticeable or important. It indicates that something is to a limited extent or degree or that something is moderately, rather than extremely or very, certain way.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Somewhatnoun

    more or less; a certain quantity or degree; a part, more or less; something

  2. Somewhatnoun

    a person or thing of importance; a somebody

  3. Somewhatadverb

    in some degree or measure; a little

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'somewhat' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2203

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'somewhat' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3216

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'somewhat' in Adverbs Frequency: #176

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of somewhat in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of somewhat in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of somewhat in a Sentence

  1. Oscar Wilde:

    I think that God in creating Man somewhat overestimated his ability.

  2. Henry David Thoreau:

    The character inherent in the American people has done all that has been accomplished and it would have done somewhat more, if the government had not sometimes got in its way.

  3. Douglas Gentile:

    Even though different researchers across the world may define the problem somewhat differently, or ask different questions in different countries with differently aged kids, we find almost the same results across the world the estimates perhaps vary somewhat, but they all seem to come out somewhere between about 4 and 10 percent : that's the amount of gamers I would classify as addicted.

  4. Lisa Shalett:

    One of the key things the December selloff did was it priced a materially reduced set of earnings expectations for 2019. As a result, investors are going to be somewhat forgiving of companies who either miss estimates or are somewhat tentative in their guidance because they are now expecting that, any companies that talk about 2019 being just as good as 2018 or even sequentially a lot better are going to constitute an upside surprise.

  5. John Daly:

    It's been a long time since I played that well in the first round of this tournament, i still feel like I got somewhat of the length to play somewhat long golf courses. Not like some of the guys, but I just hit it in good positions and I left John Daly those six or seven pins that were back that I left John Daly good uphill putts.

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    a wild and exciting undertaking (not necessarily lawful)
    • A. deny
    • B. embark
    • C. accompany
    • D. adventure

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