Meaning of “somehow” in the English Dictionary

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"somehow" in British English

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uk /ˈsʌm.haʊ/ us /ˈsʌm.haʊ/

B1 US informal also someway in a way or by some means that is not known or not stated:

It won't be easy, but we'll get across the river somehow.
I'm not sure how, but somehow or other we'll raise the money.

B2 for a reason that is not clear:

I know what we're doing is legal, but somehow it doesn't feel right.

More examples

  • News of the pay cuts had somehow leaked out.
  • A small dog had somehow managed to survive the fire.
  • She's managed somehow to procure his phone number.
  • Although her name is Clare, her little sister called her Lali, and somehow the name stuck.
  • He's overweight and bald, and yet somehow, he's incredibly attractive.

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

"somehow" in American English

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somehowadverb [ not gradable ]

us /ˈsʌmhɑʊ/

in a way which is not known or not stated:

Money has been extremely tight, but we’ve managed somehow.
He felt that everything was somehow connected.

(Definition of “somehow” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)