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.
Recent Examples on the Web To skeptics, psychogenic pain is somehow less real than other pain. Megan Marz, Washington Post, "Meditating on disasters, she predicted a pandemic," 11 Sep. 2020 For starters, this ignores the fact that according to the study, two-thirds of professors did not express negative feelings, and gives the impression that anti-Mormon bias was somehow universal among faculty. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Jana Riess: Controversial Latter-day Saint book pulled from publication," 8 Sep. 2020 After days of tallying mail-in votes that were dropped off on Election Day, McSally conceded the 2018 race to Sinema without giving credence to speculation, including from President Donald Trump, that the votes were somehow illegitimate. Ronald J. Hansen, The Arizona Republic, "Paul Gosar boosts baseless theory that Democrats stole 2018 election from Martha McSally," 3 Sep. 2020 Last year somehow the Red Raiders were able to hang in to the bitter end and lose by a respectable 10-point margin. Brice Paterik, Dallas News, "Game-by-game predictions for Texas Tech: Will the Red Raiders improve in Matt Wells’ second season?," 2 Sep. 2020 Apparently, the oracle said that the plague wouldn’t end until the people of Thebes expelled Laius’ killer: a person who was somehow still in the city, even though Laius had died many years earlier on an out-of-town trip. Elif Batuman, The New Yorker, "Can Greek Tragedy Get Us Through the Pandemic?," 1 Sep. 2020 In the middle of the fourth quarter, at the beginning of the shot clock, O’Neale is somehow a beat late on getting to the point of the handoff. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "The Triple Team: Jazz seemingly can’t defend Jamal Murray, offense slows to halt in Game 6 loss," 31 Aug. 2020 But symbols matter, and Boseman's inspiring place as a Marvel superhero speaks to the justice and equality that could be, should be, somehow must be ahead. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Metro Detroit mourns Chadwick Boseman, vows to remember his historic impact," 30 Aug. 2020 It’s all part of Trump’s near-daily attempts to suggest that Biden is somehow mentally impaired, even though Trump can offer no evidence to back up the assertion. Ryan Teague Beckwith,, "Pence Convention Speech Ends With Pomp: Convention Update," 28 Aug. 2020

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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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16 Sep 2020

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“Somehow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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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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