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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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 issue is somewhat reminiscent of the public outcry over the approval of the controversial Niagara Bottling plant in 2016. Steven Goode, Courant Community, "Residents Speak Out Against Trucking Facility," 12 June 2018 Both Macron and Trudeau voiced especially harsh criticism of Trump on Thursday, even though other leaders who have been more at odds with Trump remained somewhat less vocal. Rick Noack, Washington Post, "What’s a Trump hug really worth? Not a lot, Trudeau and Macron find out.," 1 June 2018 As would the fact that Uniqlo identifies itself in a somewhat different category than the usual brands that sponsor athletes. New York Times, "Roger Federer Wants to Win a New Game," 12 July 2018 The imaging, however, didn't resolve a somewhat different debate: what, exactly, is 'Oumuamua? John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Visitor from another solar system accelerated away from the Sun," 28 June 2018 But by studying them, researchers may better understand how human brain systems contribute to the implicit and unconscious bias people feel toward those in our own species who are nonetheless somewhat different. Leslie Henderson, Scientific American, "Why Our Brains See the World as "Us" versus "Them"," 22 June 2018 The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency tells a somewhat different story. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, "Scoot’s e-bike sharing plan hits bureaucratic wall in SF," 30 May 2018 Dunn's answer for how that happens might be the collision of two somewhat different ideas. Brody Miller, NOLA.com, "Can LSU's pitching dominance in Hoover continue through the postseason?," 29 May 2018 There were eight points early from Vaughn, and then little more, somewhat similar to the career arc of the former University of Nevada Las Vegas wing. Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Rashad Vaughn career at a crossroad, as Heat summer play comes to an end," 15 July 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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