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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But the details of the slow slip event in Turkey—and in other areas around the world—remains somewhat of a mystery. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "An Earthquake Shook Istanbul for 50 Days—And Almost No One Noticed," 12 Feb. 2019 Rumors began swirling that Justin Bieber's fiancé had swapped her huge $500,000 rock for a (somewhat) subtler diamond eternity band. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Don't Worry, Hailey Baldwin Is Wearing Her $500,000 Engagement Ring Again," 2 Aug. 2018 Women enjoy at least somewhat — but not fully — equal access to political power in most Western countries, including the United States, as well as other countries such as Costa Rica, Rwanda, Ghana and Benin. Anna Lührmann, Washington Post, "One-third of the world’s population lives in a declining democracy. That includes the United States.," 4 July 2018 That matchup simplified the game’s features somewhat—for example, by restricting both teams to the same characters. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "Can Bots Outwit Humans in One of the Biggest Esports Games?," 25 June 2018 Only a 2016 study in the European Journal of Political Economy arrives at a somewhat different conclusion, assessing that even more Americans would have been kidnapped without the no-concessions policy. Ann Toews, WSJ, "‘We Want to Negotiate’ Review: Deal or No Deal," 21 Jan. 2019 The reality in California has been somewhat different. David Roberts, Vox, "California’s cap-and-trade system may be too weak to do its job," 12 Dec. 2018 But reality has somewhat different odds than Hollywood. Brianna Wu, Marie Claire, "I Ran for Congress. I Lost. I'm Persisting. Quitting Is Not an Option In the Trump Era.," 9 Oct. 2018 The continued popularity of the makeup tutorial is somewhat surprising, given that Inside Out came out in 2015, but as other Halloween reports have shown, certain pop culture moments never go out of style. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "An "Inside Out" Makeup Tutorial Is YouTube's Most Popular Halloween Beauty Routine," 7 Oct. 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

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: 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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