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some·​what ˈsəm-ˌ How to pronounce somewhat (audio)


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: in some degree or measure : slightly

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Declining natural gas prices and weak demand among farmers have eased pressures somewhat over the past few months. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 26 Jan. 2023 By now, some groups have shown the bivalent vaccine generates somewhat higher antibody levels against various Omicron strains than the original shot, whereas others report no difference. Byjennifer Couzin-frankel,, 25 Jan. 2023 Although the shortage has eased somewhat, supply has not yet recovered. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 23 Jan. 2023 While various somewhat-near-Portland locations for In-N-Out Burger have been in the works for years, exactly zero of them have materialized. oregonlive, 18 Jan. 2023 While many companies are still struggling to find workers, labor shortages have eased somewhat. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, 17 Jan. 2023 But even though the dating world is now (somewhat) back to normal, many singles still feel off their game: More than 60 percent say dating is harder than before COVID-19, according to the Pew Research Center. Globe Staff,, 15 Jan. 2023 In terms of admissions, the year-on-year gain was 87% (from 60.5 million in 2021 to 113 million in 2022), revealing the impact of somewhat higher ticket prices. Patrick Frater, Variety, 8 Jan. 2023 And some will - somewhat accurately - associate it with the abolition of slavery. Michael Peregrine, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


13th century, in the meaning defined above


13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of somewhat was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Somewhat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 pronoun
some·​what ˈsəm-ˌ(h)wät How to pronounce somewhat (audio)
: some unspecified part or amount : something
somewhat of what you say is true


2 of 2 adverb
: in some measure : slightly
somewhat comfortable

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