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: 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 Public school enrollment across the state plummeted last year, Chalkbeat reported, creating somewhat of a mystery over where missing students ended up. Lily Altavena, Detroit Free Press, 6 Oct. 2021 The expansion could allow one outpost to focus on manufacturing while the other becomes somewhat of a barrelhouse for aging and testing. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 2 Oct. 2021 The thing is, until Bam Adebayo becomes somewhat of a volume outside shooter, the defensive inclination will remain to pack the paint, since that most often would be where he is headed. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, 29 Sep. 2021 Since taping, Cicolini has emerged as somewhat of a local celebrity and rightfully so — her innovative, Abbruzzo-style approach to proteins that many unadventurous eaters shy away from (like tripe, liver and heart) is food artistry at its finest. Joey Skladany, PEOPLE.com, 27 Sep. 2021 In a country where octogenarians rule the political elite class, Kono is considered a younger, upstart candidate and somewhat of a social media whiz. Washington Post, 26 Sep. 2021 Women's sports legislation has popped up in several states and become somewhat of a litmus test in conservative media. Sam Dorman, Fox News, 24 Sep. 2021 Moving days are somewhat of a national pastime, often involving friends and family instead of professionals. Marcel Krueger, CNN, 23 Sep. 2021 But in this rare instance his bloated $31 million salary is somewhat of an asset, nearly matching Simmons’ $33 million number. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 23 Sep. 2021

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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 19 Oct. 2021.

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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

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: 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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