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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Features works of visual art which somehow, in some way, represent or are realized as hacked. Rasputin Todd,, "Things to do in Cincinnati this week: July 9-15," 9 July 2018 And yet somehow, that protection — that standard of fairness, that benefit of the doubt, the presumption of innocence until proven guilty — has escaped my grasp. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "Attorney General Curtis Hill: Full transcript of his response to groping allegations," 9 July 2018 In a virological catch 22, the only way to stop type 2 outbreaks is with a version of the same vaccine that gave rise to them in the first place—somehow without seeding another one. Leslie Roberts, Science | AAAS, "Alarming polio outbreak spreads in Congo, threatening global eradication efforts," 2 July 2018 This, somehow, does not jive with the optics of what players and coaches are seeing. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Video Review Is Making the World Cup More Accurate—and Uglier, Too," 29 June 2018 Hopefully the album is a great one and somehow 'The Light Is Coming' works with the rest of the album. Alessandra Rincón, Billboard, "Ariana Grande Surprises Fans With 'Sweetener' Intro Track 'Raindrops': Watch," 26 June 2018 Some interpreted his words as victim-blaming, that Dixon was somehow at fault for walking home by herself at night. Lucie Morris-marr, CNN, "Eurydice Dixon: Tributes and anger as Australia mourns murdered comedian," 15 June 2018 The hope is O’Connor can somehow get through to these players. Mike Bianchi, Pro Soccer USA, "James O’Connor is finally forcing Orlando City’s players to look in the mirror," 14 July 2018 If the Mariners could somehow get a right-hander like Keone Kela, Brad Brach or the longshot Kyle Barraclough, that matters more than chemistry. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Twitter mailbag: Will Felix Hernandez pitch in the postseason if the Mariners make it? Cano to first base? And Magnum P.I.?," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of somehow

1664, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of somehow was in 1664

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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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the setting in which something occurs

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