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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Could our noses somehow detect differences in those vibrational frequencies? Tim Folger, Discover Magazine, "How Quantum Mechanics Lets Us See, Smell and Touch," 24 Oct. 2018 Insomniac's writers somehow managed to thread the needle between fun variety in dialogue and tolerability. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Spider-Man PS4 review: Does whatever a spider can—and then some," 4 Sep. 2018 Over a slip dress Desert heat isn't exactly the best climate for a leather jacket, but somehow Shay Mitchell still managed to look chic. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "10 Genius Ways You Should Be Wearing Your Leather Jacket for Fall," 27 June 2018 Yes, in the age of the nerd, people are still somehow shocked to find out that women make up a large portion of nerdom. Andrea Thompson, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Books / Visual Art / Gender Issues / LGBTQ+ Nerds unite at Challengers for Women’s Comics Night," 9 July 2018 The five thugs were charged, but despite their actions, words and the seriousness of their crimes, they were somehow not taken to jail and didn’t even have any damn mugshots taken (the white privilege has reached its peak). Breanna Edwards, The Root, "Gang of White Thugs Hurl Slurs at Black Mom, Smash Her Car Window, Yet Somehow No One Went to Jail or Even Had a Damn Mugshot Taken," 4 July 2018 But as the cars keep going down the track, the tire somehow builds up momentum and manages to bounce off the top of Almirola’s car and actually pass him. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Breaking down the 7 craziest moments from NASCAR's summer Daytona race," 10 July 2018 That last one has a classical piano solo shoved into the middle that works somehow. Tom Philip, GQ, "It’s Time to Admit You Love Muse," 5 July 2018 Twelve times a day, an eight-person crew played puppets representing a handsome prince turned into a dragonlike monster, talking flowers and mushrooms, a witch and somehow, Judy Garland, Louis Armstrong, Liberace and Lawrence Welk. Paula Allen, San Antonio Express-News, "Coca-Cola scored a hit at HemisFair ‘68 with free soda, early H.R. Pufnstuf," 30 June 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of somehow

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

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