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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Avanthika Srinivasan plays a very young and somewhat green Sakina, thrown off-balance by the unreasonably high barriers that seem to set specifically for her entry. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: Corporate satire by Carey Perloff hits most of its marks at SF Playhouse," 21 June 2019 China has allowed its currency to respond somewhat to market pressures since August 2015. The Economist, "Low interest rates and sluggish growth may lead to currency wars," 21 June 2019 As Matt Kennedy explains for New Atlas, adhesives tend to be either removable, somewhat reusable and fairly weak, or very strong but completely irreversible. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Snail-Inspired Super Glue Can Support the Weight of a 200-Pound Human," 20 June 2019 Not surprisingly, the legacy bankers were somewhat more cautious about the speed of disruption. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Finance Is on the Cusp of Huge Change: CEO Daily," 20 June 2019 Today’s herb could be somewhat like cannabis that people cultivated about 2,500 years ago in Central Asia, a plant also bearing high levels of THC. Emily Willingham, Scientific American, "Using Marijuana to Get High Dates Back Millennia," 12 June 2019 But my best guess now is somewhat like static electricity. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "I Tried Kim Kardashian's Favorite Laser Skin-Tightening Treatment," 30 May 2019 Vocal changes like this are actually somewhat rare in MS. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Selma Blair Reveals Her MS Led to Spasmodic Dysphonia," 27 Feb. 2019 The weapon-boosting Power Gear is nothing to get too excited about, amounting to a somewhat more awkward version of the Charge Shot in most situations. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Mega Man 11 review: Switching gears," 1 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

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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

 (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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