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English definition of “however”

however

adverb (WAY)    /ˌhaʊˈev.ər/ US  //
used to express surprise: However did you manage to get him to agree to that?Question words and expressions C2 in whatever way: However you look at it, it's still a mess. You can do it however you like, it really doesn't matter.Question words and expressions
(Definition of however adverb (WAY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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