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English definition of “how”

how

adverb   /hɑʊ/
A1 used to ask about quantity , size , or age : How big is the house ? How old are they? How much (= what price ) was that dress ?
how are you? A1 used to ask someone if he or she is well and happy : “How are you, Ellie?” “Oh, not so bad , thanks .”
A2 used to ask about the way something happens or is done: How did he die ? How do you keep the house so clean ?
how about..? A2 used to make a suggestion : How about going to the cinema ?
how do you do? A2 a polite thing to say to someone you are meeting for the first time
B1 used to ask about what an experience or event was like: How was your flight ?
B1 used for emphasis : How nice to see you! I was amazed at how quickly she finished .
(Definition of how adverb from the Webster's Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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