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Meaning of “however” in the English Dictionary

"however" in British English

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howeveradverb

uk   /ˌhaʊˈev.ər/  us   //
  • however adverb (DEGREE)

B2 despite whatever ​amount or ​degree: However ​hungry I am, I never ​seem to be ​able to ​finish off a ​wholepizza. If Emma ​likes something she'll ​buy it however much it ​costs. I'll ​see you after the show and give you £20 for the ​tickets, or however much (= whatever) they ​cost.

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  • however adverb (WAY)

used to ​expresssurprise: However did you ​manage to get him to ​agree to that?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.

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  • however adverb (DESPITE THIS)

A2 despite this: This is one ​possiblesolution to the ​problem. However, there are ​others. There may, however, be other ​reasons that we don't ​know about.

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(Definition of however from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"however" in American English

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howeveradverb [not gradable]

 us   /hɑʊˈev·ər/
to whatever ​amount or ​degree: However ​fast we ​drive, we’re not going to get there in ​time. If Emma ​likes something she’ll ​buy it, however much it ​costs.
in whatever way: However you ​look at it, it’s still a ​mess.
despite this; ​nevertheless: There may, however, be other ​reasons that we don’t ​know about.

howeverconjunction

 /hɑʊˈev·ər/
  • however conjunction (WAY)

in whatever way: You can do it however you like, it really doesn’t ​matter.
(Definition of however from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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