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somewhat

pronoun some·what \ ˈsəm-ˌ ; (ˌ)səm-ˈ(h)wät , -ˈ(h)wət \
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First Known Use of somewhat

13th century

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somewhat

adverb

Definition of somewhat

: in some degree or measure : slightly

Examples of somewhat in a Sentence

  1. He felt somewhat awkward in his suit.

  2. Our work has progressed somewhat.

  3. The course is somewhat more difficult than I was told it would be.

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First Known Use of somewhat

13th century

in the meaning defined above

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SOMEWHAT Defined for English Language Learners

somewhat

Definition of somewhat for English Language Learners

  • —used to make a statement or description less forceful or definite


somewhat

Definition of somewhat for English Language Learners

  • : in a small amount or degree : to some degree


SOMEWHAT Defined for Kids

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somewhat

pronoun some·what \ ˈsəm-ˌhwät , -ˌwät , -ˌhwət , -ˌwət \

Definition of somewhat for Students

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

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somewhat

adverb

Definition of somewhat for Students

: to some extent
  • The instructions were somewhat confusing.


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