Meaning of “somewhat” in the English Dictionary

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"somewhat" in British English

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somewhatadverb

uk /ˈsʌm.wɒt/ us /ˈsʌm.wɑːt/ formal

C1 to some degree:

The resort has changed somewhat over the last few years.
She's somewhat more confident than she used to be.
We were somewhat tired after our long walk.
somewhat of

to some degree:

She was known for being somewhat of a strange character.

More examples

  • His reply to my question was somewhat ambiguous.
  • Most characters in his films are somewhat larger than life.
  • The minister suggested that the dire prophecies of certain leading environmentalists were somewhat exaggerated.
  • Dinner was somewhat delayed on account of David's rather late arrival.
  • He looked somewhat shamefaced when he realized his mistake.

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

"somewhat" in American English

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somewhatadverb [ not gradable ]

us /ˈsʌm·hwʌt, -wʌt, -hwɑt, -wɑt/

to some degree:

Washington, D.C., is somewhat smaller than Baltimore.
I was somewhat disappointed.
Note: "Somewhat" is usually not used in negative phrases or sentences.

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