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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Rutgers comes into the season somewhat of a mystery after not having either a spring practice or a full training camp because of the coronavirus pandemic. Tom Canavan, Star Tribune, "Coach Greg Schiano starts second rebuilding tour at Rutgers," 14 Oct. 2020 Brown had shown good signs of progress from his ribs injury this week, so his activation was somewhat to be expected. David Moore, Dallas News, "Cowboys roster moves: Anthony Brown activated, Tyron Smith placed on IR and more," 11 Oct. 2020 Getting started is a relatively quick process, which is handy because time is somewhat of the essence right now. Julian Kheel, CNN Underscored, "3 reasons to refinance your mortgage now," 7 Oct. 2020 But to your premise, projecting the Heat among the East elite for next season might be somewhat of a stretch. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Is the Heat’s Finals appearance merely a building block?," 4 Oct. 2020 Though the industry is growing fast, podcasts are still somewhat of a novelty in the country. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "Starved for time and privacy, India’s women are finding refuge in podcasts," 30 Sep. 2020 Monday’s win is also somewhat of a reward for Tampa Bay’s captain Steven Stamkos, one of the best players of his era, who will now have his name engraved into the cup for the first time. Vipal Monga, WSJ, "Tampa Bay Lightning Win the Stanley Cup," 29 Sep. 2020 Since becoming a mom, Kate Middleton has become somewhat of the official family photographer, sharing numerous professional shots of her husband and children. Natasha Reda, Glamour, "Kate Middleton and Prince William Shared New Photos of Their Kids in Color-Coordinated Outfits," 27 Sep. 2020 Chriss was somewhat of a revelation last season as a rim-runner who excels in dribble-handoffs. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Kevon Looney’s physical strides bode well for Warriors’ frontcourt," 24 Sep. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/somewhat. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for somewhat

somewhat

pronoun
How to pronounce somewhat (audio)

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.

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Kids Definition of somewhat (Entry 2 of 2)

: to some extent The instructions were somewhat confusing.

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