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how

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adverb \ ˈhau̇ \

Definition of how

1 a :in what manner or way
  • How did you two meet each other?
  • How did he die?
  • How do you know that?
b :for what reason :why
  • How would I know if it's going to rain or not?
c :with what meaning :to what effect
  • How are we to interpret such behavior?
d :by what name or title
  • How art thou called?
  • —William Shakespeare
2 :to what degree or extent
  • How much longer do we have to wait?
  • I don't know how old she is.
3 :in what state or condition
  • How are you?
  • How do you feel?
4 :at what price
  • how a score of ewes now
  • —Shakespeare
how about
:what do you say to or think of
  • how about it, are you going?
how come
:how does it happen that :why
  • How come you can't go?

Examples of how in a Sentence

  1. How and where did you meet him?

  2. How shall I address the President?

  3. How will we pay for the trip?

  4. How did you get here? By bus.

  5. How did she die? She had cancer.

  6. How do you know that?

  7. How did you find us?

  8. How could you have known?

  9. How did you happen to move here?

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Origin and Etymology of how

Middle English, from Old English ; akin to Old High German hwuo how, Old English hwā who — more at who

how Synonyms


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how

conjunction

Definition of how

1 a :the way or manner in which
  • asked how they could help
  • the story of how the company was founded
  • remember how they fought
; also :the state or condition in which
  • reported how the patient was found by the paramedics
b :that
  • told them how he had a situation
  • —Charles Dickens
2 :however, as
  • a reader can shift his attention how he likes
  • —William Empson

Examples of how in a Sentence

  1. We asked how we could help.

  2. Let me tell you how we'll pay for the trip.

  3. The book tells the story of how the company was founded.

  4. She explained how she came to live here.

  5. I don't know how the service is at the new restaurant.

  6. I remember how they fought.

  7. Be careful how you talk; you could get fired.

  8. She told us how she had to work hard.

  9. He knows how you are a valued employee.

  10. It's amazing how they completed the bridge so quickly.

Origin and Etymology of how

see 1how


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how

noun

Definition of how

1 :a question about manner or method
  • the eternal whys and hows of small children
  • —Jeanne Massey
2 :manner, method
  • examining the hows and whys of exercise

Examples of how in a Sentence

  1. the environmental activist eagerly launched into an explanation of the hows and whys of developing renewable energy sources

Recent Examples of how from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of how

see 1how


HOW Defined for English Language Learners

how

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adverb

Definition of how for English Language Learners

  • : in what manner or way : by what means

  • : for what reason

  • : to what degree, extent, or amount


how

conjunction

Definition of how for English Language Learners

  • : in what manner or way

  • : in whatever way


HOW Defined for Kids

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how

play
adverb \ ˈhau̇ \

Definition of how for Students

1 :in what way :by what means
  • How do you work this thing?
  • How did they get here?
2 :for what reason
  • How can you treat me so badly?
3 :to what degree, number, or amount
  • How cold is it?
4 :in what state or condition
  • How are you?
how about
:what do you say to or think of
  • How about a soda?
how come
:1why
how do you do

2

how

conjunction

Definition of how for Students

:in what manner or condition
  • We're studying how plants grow.
  • I asked them how they were.


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