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English definition of “how”

how

adverb     /haʊ/
A2 in what way, or by what methods: How do we get to the town from here? How did you hear about the concert? How does this machine work? How do you plan to spend your holiday? Roz doesn't know how to ride a bicycle. It all depends on how you look at it. I don't care about fashion, I dress how I please. I was horrified to hear about how (= the way) she had been treated. How can/could he be so stupid? I don't know how anyone could think that way.Question words and expressions A2 used to ask about someone's physical or emotional state: How is your mother? How are you feeling this morning?Question words and expressions A1 used in questions that ask what an experience or event was like: How was your flight? How did you find the lecture? (= did you think it was good)? How did you like the concert (= did you enjoy it)? She didn't say how far it is (= what the distance is) to her house. How long are you going to be (= what amount of time are you going to spend) in the bathroom? Do you know how many (= what number of) people are coming? How much does this cost (= what is its price)? How old is his daughter (= what age is she)? "Can you lift this case?" "It depends on how heavy it is." Do you remember how (= the fact that) we used to see every new film as soon as it came out?Question words and expressions B1 used for emphasis: I can't tell you how pleased I am (= I am very pleased) that you came. How (= it is very) nice to see you! "She paid for everything." "How (= that was very) generous."Very and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressions how strange, stupid, weird, etc. is that? C2 informal used to emphasize that something is strange, stupid, etc.Strange, suspicious and unnaturalInterjectionsSounds used as interjections how are you? A1 used to ask someone if they are well and happy: "Hi, Lucy, how are you?" "Fine, thanks, how are you?"Welcoming, greeting and greetings how are things? (also how's everything?, also how's it going?) informal used as greetingsWelcoming, greeting and greetings how do you mean? used when you want someone to explain what they have just said: "I think we need to reconsider our position." "How do you mean?"Meaning and significanceTypifying, illustrating and exemplifying how's that? used when asking if something you have done for someone is satisfactory: Let me put a cushion behind your back. How's that?Polite expressionsSuitable and acceptableQuite good, or not very good and how! informal used to show that you feel the same way as someone: "I'll be so glad when this project is finished." "And how!"Words and phrases expressing agreement and acceptance Grammar:ExclamationsWe use exclamations to express surprise or shock or a strong emotion about something. The type of phrase or clause associated with exclamations is called exclamative.See moreGrammar:What …!We can use what + noun phrase ((+ verb) (+ tag)):See moreGrammar:How …!We often use how followed by an adjective only:See moreGrammar:Exclamatives with interrogative formWe sometimes make an exclamation using interrogative (question) word order:See moreGrammar:HowThe adverb how most commonly means ‘in what way’ or ‘to what extent’.See moreGrammar:How is …? or What is … like?See moreGrammar:However, whatever, whichever, whenever, wherever, whoeverSee more
(Definition of how adverb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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