somewhat

pronoun
some·​what | \ˈsəm-ˌ; (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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The shell continues to be aluminum, but gone are the distinctive—and somewhat dated—curves of the previous model. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Razer's Blade Stealth gets a long-awaited upgrade to GeForce graphics and a Whiskey Lake CPU," 4 Dec. 2018 The outlet also reported that the actor, who is also somewhat slimmer than Williams, had to don a fat suit and an afro-style wig in addition to his darker makeup to match William's full look. Fox News, "Seth Rogen apologizes for use of blackface on 'Good Boys' film set," 2 Oct. 2018 For example, the plans of the U.S. companies Astrobotic, Blue Origin and Moon Express all seem to overlap at least somewhat with those of ispace. Mike Wall, Space.com, "Japanese Startup ispace to Launch Moon Lander Missions on SpaceX Rockets," 26 Sep. 2018 Instead, getting under the tax, even with the re-signing of Wayne Ellington, also can be achieved by incremental moves, trading a player (or players) in somewhat smaller deals for something less in exchange. Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Should Heat draw a (hard) line at draft assets?," 14 July 2018 The symptoms for the two disorders are somewhat different and can be confusing, Silverman says. Claire Gillespie, SELF, "What Exactly Does It Mean to Have ‘High-Functioning’ Depression?," 19 Nov. 2018 Musk outlined a somewhat different SpaceX lunar mission last year. Christopher Weber, The Seattle Times, "1st private moon flight passenger to invite creative guests," 17 Sep. 2018 Far-reaching interviews with friends, relatives, and colleagues cover a winding — and, by now, somewhat familiar — terrain of personal scandals and family secrets. Graham Ambrose, BostonGlobe.com, "Darkness and light in Whitney Houston documentary," 4 July 2018 Rasmus’ return was somewhat of a surprise last week, given his struggles before his injury (2-for-21 with 13 strikeouts) and through most of his rehabilitation assignment. Eduardo A. Encina, baltimoresun.com, "With Tim Beckham's midseason return, Orioles' batting order is finally whole," 25 June 2018

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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, -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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