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


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

Examples of how-to in a Sentence

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Part self-effacing memoir, part how-to for writing screenplays, and a window into how the levers of power worked in Hollywood, this book is a stone-cold classic. Matt Brennan, Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2024 The phenomenon has surged on social media platforms like TikTok, where influencers post how-to videos that attract hundreds of millions of views. Max Bennett, Discover Magazine, 22 Mar. 2024 The quick how-to videos can show the best way to mix and match spring sweaters and jeans or the order in which to apply toner, serums, moisturizers and sunscreen in a morning skin care routine. Julie Creswell, New York Times, 22 Mar. 2024 Here’s a how-to guide from University of Michigan Health. Lisa Gutierrez, Kansas City Star, 8 Mar. 2024 Eligible genres are: Entertainment news, legal/courtroom, travel/adventure/nature, instructional/how-to, lifestyle, arts and popular culture, educational and informational and short form. Michael Schneider, Variety, 1 Feb. 2024 These ads are paid for by would-be adoptive parents who have been instructed by dozens of how-to articles in the art of search engine optimization and online advertising. TIME, 2 Mar. 2024 At the outset, after covering ingredients and explaining gluten, there are lengthy how-to’s describing several fermentation techniques: levain, commercial yeast and poolish. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, 12 Feb. 2024 Slowing down the tempo and delivering a how-to tutorial on covering songs added extra depth to Timberlake’s standout effort. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, 1 Feb. 2024
However, Ree Drummond, aka the Pioneer Woman, is about to change your mind entirely with a surprisingly detailed Velcro roller how-to video. Kara Nesvig, Allure, 17 Mar. 2023 The book is a how-to manual for aspiring golfers with tips and tricks for swinging, posture, balance and mental toughness. Emily Weaver, Peoplemag, 16 Mar. 2023 Here’s a how-to list: • Try to rush Brock Purdy’s recovery, to jam him in as starter for the season opener. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Mar. 2023 Indeed, their how-to-flirt piece is an informal discussion among staffers, including token male Neill McCutheon, associate art director. San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Mar. 2023 Rising Together by Sally Helgesen The latest book by Helgesen is an action plan filled with how-to tips. Dr. Ruth Gotian, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2023 For more, check out our Best Turntables guide and our how-to article on upgrading your home audio. Parker Hall, WIRED, 5 Mar. 2023 As a former residential and commercial carpenter, Alex uses his hands-on experience to write practical buying guides, how-to articles, and product reviews. Alex Rennie, Popular Mechanics, 3 Mar. 2023 To further connect with the community, Gao hopes to one day host classes for home brewing and offer other interactive how-to events. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 23 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use


1926, in the meaning defined above


1954, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of how-to was in 1926

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“How-to.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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