how
I. adverb Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hū; akin to Old High German hwuo how, Old English hwā who — more at who Date: before 12th century 1. a. in what manner or way b. for what reason ; why c. with what meaning ; to what effect d. by what name or title 2. to what degree or extent 3. in what state or condition <
how are you
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4. at what price <
how a score of ewes now — Shakespeare
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II. conjunction Date: before 12th century 1. a. the way or manner in which <
remember how they fought
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; also the state or condition in which b. that <
told them how he had a situation — Charles Dickens
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2. however, as <
a reader can shift his attention how he likes — William Empson
>
III. noun Date: 1533 1. a question about manner or method 2. manner, method

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