how

adverb
\ ˈhau̇ How to pronounce how (audio) \

Definition of how

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : 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?

Definition of how (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : 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

how

noun

Definition of how (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Examples of how in a Sentence

Adverb How and where did you meet him? How shall I address the President? How will we pay for the trip? How did you get here?” “By bus.” How did she die?” “She had cancer.” How do you know that? How did you find us? How could you have known? How did you happen to move here? Conjunction We asked how we could help. Let me tell you how we'll pay for the trip. The book tells the story of how the company was founded. She explained how she came to live here. I don't know how the service is at the new restaurant. I remember how they fought. Be careful how you talk; you could get fired. She told us how she had to work hard. He knows how you are a valued employee. It's amazing how they completed the bridge so quickly. Noun the environmental activist eagerly launched into an explanation of the hows and whys of developing renewable energy sources
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Dublin was dropped by UEFA last month after public authorities did not give assurances on how many fans could attend games, and Bilbao was replaced by Seville. Graham Dunbar, Star Tribune, "UEFA details Euro 2020 rules for teams hit by virus issues," 4 May 2021 Michigan health leaders have no idea how many state residents received a vaccine in another state. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan has no idea how many residents got their COVID-19 vaccine in other states," 4 May 2021 Authorities could provide no breakdown for how many of the dead and injured had been riding in the stricken train and how many were on the street below in vehicles hit by falling debris. Los Angeles Times, "In Mexico, a deadly train wreck that many saw coming," 4 May 2021 Greater Manchester Police hasn’t said how many arrests were made at Old Trafford or at the Lowry Hotel, where other protesters prevented the United team bus from moving, but the club confirmed an investigation was under way. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Pressure Intensifies on Manchester United Owners After Violent Protest," 3 May 2021 Without the most basic right to one's body -- to determine how many children to have, and when -- there is no way for women as a group to be on equal footing to men, let alone thrive. Jill Filipovic, CNN, "Bill and Melinda Gates' other partnership is too big to fail," 3 May 2021 There were life preservers on board, but it wasn't known how many or whether any passengers were wearing them, officials said. Arkansas Online, "3 killed as suspected smuggling boat capsizes off San Diego," 3 May 2021 Because there is no official record of how many people were on the boat, the Coast Guard was continuing to search for other casualties or survivors as of Sunday evening. Washington Post, "Four dead, dozens injured when suspected migrant smuggling boat capsizes near San Diego," 3 May 2021 Walgreens didn't specify how many doses were wasted during the long-term care program. NBC News, "CVS, Walgreens have wasted more Covid vaccine doses than most states combined," 3 May 2021

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First Known Use of how

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Conjunction

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for how

Adverb, Conjunction, and Noun

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

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The first known use of how was before the 12th century

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“How.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/how. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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how

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of how

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: in what manner or way : by what means
: for what reason
: to what degree, extent, or amount

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

: in what manner or way
: in whatever way

how

adverb
\ ˈhau̇ How to pronounce how (audio) \

Kids Definition of how

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 how do you do
: hello

Kids Definition of how (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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