some·​how | \ ˈsəm-ˌhau̇ \

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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Well, social media has somehow made cable media seem in-depth. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: NBC journalists Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell and Hallie Jackson on Recode Decode," 5 Dec. 2018 But filmmakers Josh and Jonathan Baker have somehow made a movie that combines all of it in a manner that never feels forced. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Kin: If you can’t pick your family, hopefully you can find space weapons," 1 Sep. 2018 Dear White People, unfortunately, was completely shut out despite Netflix's overall juggernaut status, which also somehow failed to get Alison Brie a lead actress in a comedy nomination even though GLOW was nominated for series. Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter, "THR's TV Critics Debate the Highs and Lows of the 2018 Emmy Nominations," 12 July 2018 The dissent seems to think that the repetition of these charges somehow makes them true. Cristian Farias, Daily Intelligencer, "The Supreme Court Continues to Chip Away at Protections for Minority Voters," 25 June 2018 While that could be a positive or a negative depending on your feelings about pineapple gummy bears, for us, the extreme sweetness somehow made the drinks less refreshing. Olivia Harrison,, "We Tried Starbucks' New Cold Foam Tea Lemonades & Here's What We Thought," 22 June 2018 If, somehow, that all came to pass, UW’s existing signees would deserve some credit for the accomplishment. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "Can UW Huskies secure the best class of the Chris Petersen era (and beyond) on national signing day?," 6 Feb. 2019 Apparently this daughter of a legendary Albany lobbyist spent years at Dartmouth College and UCLA, and then worked at big Manhattan law firms, and somehow these issues never came up. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Gillibrand’s Me-Too Moment," 17 Jan. 2019 Scientists were pretty sure that the variability came down, somehow, to a combination of radiation pressure, shock waves, and convection. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Beautiful 3D model of stars explains changes in brightness," 8 Oct. 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of somehow

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

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