how-to

adjective
\ˈhau̇-ˈtü \

Definition of how-to 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: giving practical instruction and advice (as on a craft) how-to books on all sorts of hobbies— Harry Milt

how-to

noun

Definition of how-to (Entry 2 of 2)

: a practical method or instruction the how-tos of balancing a checkbook also : something (such as a book) that provides such instruction

First Known Use of how-to

Adjective

1926, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1954, in the meaning defined above

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how-to

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English Language Learners Definition of how-to

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: giving practical instruction or advice on how to do something yourself

how-to

noun

English Language Learners Definition of how-to (Entry 2 of 2)

: a way of doing something yourself : instruction about how to do something

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