Definition of however
- will help however I can
Do it however you like.
I will help however I can.
However is one in a long list of words that students have been admonished to avoid placing at the beginning of a sentence (others include and, but, for, so, yet, and many more). Can you use however to start a sentence? Yes. Some usage guides will recommend against placing it there when the intended meaning is “nonetheless” but will allow it for other senses of however, but a considerable number of prominent (and not so prominent) writers utilize just this sense of however in the initial position. You should make your own judgment about such use and let your ear guide you regarding its appropriateness.
I'm all out of eggs; however, I can still make us a nice breakfast.
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: in whatever manner or way
—used when you are saying something that is different from or contrasts with a previous statement
: to whatever degree or extent : no matter how
—used as a more forceful way of saying how
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