some·​what | \ ˈsəm-ˌ How to pronounce somewhat (audio) ; (ˌ)səm-ˈ(h)wät, -ˈ(h)wət \

Definition of somewhat

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Definition of somewhat (Entry 2 of 2)

: in some degree or measure : slightly

Synonyms for somewhat

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 Ware and Parsons exchanged tips periodically including when Parson hit somewhat of a mental rookie wall in October and sought change. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, 14 Jan. 2022 Notably, the particulars of Lantsov’s identity come as somewhat of a reveal in the novels, so Netflix’s official announcement of an actor being cast as the character comes as a surprise to fans of the books. J. Kim Murphy, Variety, 13 Jan. 2022 Fish and Game Deputy Commissioner Rachel Baker, the state’s representative on the council, acknowledged the situation has put the state in somewhat of an odd position but insisted department officials were faced with two bad options. Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Jan. 2022 The area is in somewhat of a snow drought this winter, with more snow falling in all other directions but mostly missing the area. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 11 Jan. 2022 The courthouse is still partially open, but operating under somewhat of a triage system since Nov. 8. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Jan. 2022 All those factors make the $1 million investment somewhat of a gamble. Greg Engle, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 The fees have become somewhat of a cash cow for banks over the past 20 years, some experts have said. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 4 Jan. 2022 Thanks to his cicada expertise, Kritsky has always been somewhat of a spokesperson for the billions of insects, right as public interest (or nuisance) peaks with their emergence. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 3 Jan. 2022

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First Known Use of somewhat


13th century, in the meaning defined above


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of somewhat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

used to make a statement or description less forceful or definite



English Language Learners Definition of somewhat (Entry 2 of 2)

: in a small amount or degree : to some degree


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.



Kids Definition of somewhat (Entry 2 of 2)

: to some extent The instructions were somewhat confusing.

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