some·​how | \ ˈsəm-ˌhau̇ How to pronounce somehow (audio) \

Definition of somehow

: in one way or another not known or designated : by some means we'll manage somehow

Examples of somehow in a Sentence

She somehow managed to find her earring in the sand. It will all work out somehow.

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Even the worst Tennessee teams should never lose to Georgia State but somehow the Volunteers managed to do so at home. John Talty |, al, "The SEC’s shaky Saturday overshadows big wins," 1 Sep. 2019 Hundreds of songs drop from artists around the world, and you're supposed to somehow find the best ones. Kat Bein, Billboard, "First Spin: The Week's Best New Dance Tracks From Elax, Skream & More," 30 Aug. 2019 That’s led to some speculation that Dorsey was somehow still signed into Cloudhopper for all these years, and the hackers got ahold of that account. Wired, "How Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's Account (Probably) Was Hacked," 30 Aug. 2019 Even the Black Onyx is somehow more chic than expected The S340-14 will ship in September with a starting price of $250. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "Lenovo's C340 and S340 Chromebooks bring Core i3 substance and plenty of style," 29 Aug. 2019 Also, money removed from the system via the liquidity fee would need to be reintroduced somehow, for example via universal basic income, to prevent deflation. Charles Eisenstein, Quartz, "How a game of musical chairs can help explain our broken economy," 27 Aug. 2019 Kilobots, tiny robots on stick legs, swarm and, somehow, organize themselves into specific configurations, like ants. Wendy Moonan, Smithsonian, "How Biology Inspires Future Technology," 27 Aug. 2019 The new image finds Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid), who has returned (somehow) after dying in Return of the Jedi, looming over Kylo Ren and Rey as the engage in the battle teased in the trailer. Kelsea Stahler,, "Star Wars Hints Rey Might Be Joining The Dark Side In The Rise Of Skywalker," 24 Aug. 2019 And yet somehow, a glimmer of hope, like an impossible dream, is left for us. Nicholas Mancusi, Time, "Salman Rushdie’s Quichotte Is a Fantastical Dream Within a Dream," 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of somehow

1664, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of somehow

: in a way that is not known or certain


some·​how | \ ˈsəm-ˌhau̇ How to pronounce somehow (audio) \

Kids Definition of somehow

: in a way that is not known or certain She somehow managed to get home.

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