somewhat

pronoun
some·​what | \ ˈsəm-ˌ How to pronounce somewhat (audio) ; (ˌ)səm-ˈ(h)wät, -ˈ(h)wət\

Definition of somewhat

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somewhat

adverb

Definition of somewhat (Entry 2 of 2)

: in some degree or measure : slightly

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Synonyms for somewhat

Synonyms: Adverb

enough, fairly, kind of, kindly [chiefly Southern], like, moderately, more or less, pretty, quite, rather, relatively, something, sort of

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Examples of somewhat in a Sentence

Adverb

He felt somewhat awkward in his suit. Our work has progressed somewhat. The course is somewhat more difficult than I was told it would be.
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Kylie has worn the brand before; Jacquemus is known for their somewhat-outrageous accessories, including tiny handbags, giant hats and now, straw purses! Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Wears a Head-to-Toe Jacquemus Look on Vacation," 30 Mar. 2019 But as a class, rogue planets are still somewhat of a mystery. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Our Galaxy Could Have 50 Billion Rogue Planets," 11 Mar. 2019 As the Cure was formed in the punk era, Smith’s boys-do-cry softness is somewhat surprising. Vogue, "“Friday I’m in Love”—A Valentine to Robert Smith as the Cure Is Inducted Into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame," 29 Mar. 2019 Dynamic email feels somewhat like an extension of the dynamic replies that will pop up in response to an existing Gmail message, or the autocomplete functions available in Google Search: a simple tool to save time. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Update: Google Gmail, Microsoft Outlook.com add 'dynamic email,' to avoid the pain of new tabs," 27 Mar. 2019 In the off season, High Point becomes somewhat of a ghost town—12 million square feet of showroom space is a lot of empty space when those showrooms are closed. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "A Tiny North Carolina Town You've Never Heard of Makes Most of America's Furniture," 27 Mar. 2019 In car somewhat drunk but also the lack of skill on both our parts to get going properly or communicate. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "13 Virginity Horror Stories That Are Super Cringy," 22 Mar. 2019 To the dismay of some, art fairs have become somewhat of a spectacle, with street style photographers, champagne bars, VIP lounges, and increasingly pricey entry fees. Zachary Schwartz, Vogue, "The Armory Show’s Collectors Dinner Gathered the Art World's Most Influential," 6 Mar. 2019 The find is somewhat surprising because the region that would come to make up the southwestern United States isn't as well-known for ancient tattoo cultures, as say, Alaska. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The United States' Oldest Tattoo Needle Is an Inked-Up Cactus Spine," 28 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of somewhat

Pronoun

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of somewhat was in the 13th century

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somewhat

pronoun

English Language Learners Definition of somewhat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

used to make a statement or description less forceful or definite

somewhat

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of somewhat (Entry 2 of 2)

: in a small amount or degree : to some degree

somewhat

pronoun
some·​what | \ ˈsəm-ˌhwät How to pronounce somewhat (audio) , -ˌwät, -ˌhwət, -ˌwət\

Kids Definition of somewhat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: some amount or extent It came as somewhat of a surprise.

somewhat

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Kids Definition of somewhat (Entry 2 of 2)

: to some extent The instructions were somewhat confusing.

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