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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Trump has a right to argue that trade wars and protectionism are good for the U.S. economy and will somehow Make America Great Again (though a lot of his supporters wear knockoff MAGA hats that were made in China). Eugene Robinson, The Mercury News, "Robinson: Only an ignoramus would sound like Trump," 9 June 2019 Sunday somehow proved to be the ugliest loss, though. Wells Dusenbury,, "Marlins blow four-run ninth-inning lead, lose in 12 innings to Braves," 9 June 2019 But the phrase somehow didn’t make into the version passed out of Congress and signed by President Donald Trump. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "Why Whataburger, J.C. Penney and other Texas businesses are crying foul over this goof in 2017 tax revamp," 7 June 2019 Barty then lost the initial 12 points of the second set to trail 3-0 — and yet somehow won it. Howard Fendrich, Houston Chronicle, "Something new: A French Open final for Ash Barty, Marketa Vondrousova," 7 June 2019 On the second, Collier played solid defense, though Bonner still somehow managed to get a fairly clean look at a leaning 3. Joe Ziemer / Special To The Pioneer Press, Twin Cities, "Lynx ride their defense to win over Mercury," 6 June 2019 Glissman didn’t move, afraid a reaction might somehow make the situation worse. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "The Case for Wearing AirPods All the Time," 5 June 2019 But the identities of the singers weren't the only thing that inspired Toybina's costumes, which somehow only took two months to make. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Every 'Masked Singer' Fan Has Been Overlooking This Major Clue," 23 Jan. 2019 The astronomers would somehow have to collect the light from these telescopes and bring it across oceans to combine it without losing any of the data. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Behind the Scenes of the First Black Hole Photo," 12 Apr. 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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to take the place or position of

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