however
I. conjunction Date: 14th century 1. in whatever manner or way that <
will help however I can
>
2. archaic although II. adverb Date: 14th century 1. a. in whatever manner or way <
shall serve you, sir, truly, however else — Shakespeare
>
b. to whatever degree or extent <
has done this for however many thousands of years — Emma Hawkridge
>
2. in spite of that ; on the other hand <
still seems possible, however, that conditions will improve
>
<
would like to go; however, I think I'd better not
>
3. how in the world <
however did you manage to do it
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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