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Meaning of “how” - Learner’s Dictionary

how

adverb     /haʊ/
WAY A2 used to ask about the way something happens or is done: How did he die? How does she manage to keep the house so tidy?Question words and expressions
QUANTITY 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 far is the next garage?Question words and expressions
EMPHASIZE B1 used before an adjective or adverb to emphasize it: I was amazed at how quickly she finished.Very and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressions
HEALTH A2 used to ask about someone's health: How are you feeling today?Question words and expressions
SITUATION B1 used to ask about the success or progress of a situation: How's everything going? How was the exam?Question words and expressions
How are you? A1 used to ask someone if they are well and happy: "How are you Jane?" - "Oh, not so bad thanks."Question words and expressions
How about..? A2 used to make a suggestion: How about a drink? [+ doing sth] How about going to the cinema?Question words and expressions
How come? informal used to ask about the reason for something, especially when you feel surprised about it: "Kate's gone to the party on her own." "How come?"Question words and expressions
→  See also know-how , How strange/stupid/weird, etc. is that?
(Definition of how adverb from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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