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

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 results add to what has been a somewhat disappointing revenue picture from an industry that has promised to be a substantial source of state revenue. BostonGlobe.com, "But the Encore has become a significant new draw in the Boston area, even if the gambling traffic is modest by the lofty standards Wynn set in pursuit of its license.," 17 Sep. 2019 Burns’s approach to the music is somewhat less innovative, perhaps. David Cantwell, The New Yorker, "Ken Burns’s Delightful “Country Music” Gets the Big Things Mostly Right," 15 Sep. 2019 That's why scientists set out to create an amazing result with a somewhat simplified method of DNA storage. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entirety of YouTube Could Fit on a Teaspoon," 13 Sep. 2019 The interior is simple and lean with somewhat of a Tesla-like influence in the clean lines, glossy touch screen and non-organic trim and materials. San Diego Union-Tribune, "2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE: A versatile 52 mpg," 30 Aug. 2019 Spiritual, social, and somewhat indulgent, hammam rituals have endured for centuries—and for good reason. Starlight Williams, National Geographic, "Finding the perfect soak in Marrakech," 7 Aug. 2019 Over the coming months, Council Council, Akron City Council and Summit County’s Development Finance Authority are expected to approve a series of somewhat complicated real estate transactions required for the move. Robin Goist, cleveland.com, "Akron, Summit County partner to bring Smithers headquarters to downtown," 16 Sep. 2019 What was somewhat new Saturday was the nature of the infractions. Michael Lev, azcentral, "Arizona football rewind: 5 takeaways from the Wildcats' victory over NAU," 9 Sep. 2019 The Hartford Hot Several Brass Band has become somewhat of a Hartford institution. Chip Mccabe, courant.com, "Hartbeat Music Festival: Take a listen to the 24 bands that will play for 12 hours on Hartford’s Riverfront Plaza," 27 Aug. 2019

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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

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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.

somewhat

adverb

Kids Definition of somewhat (Entry 2 of 2)

: to some extent The instructions were somewhat confusing.

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