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however

adverb
 
 
/haʊˈevər/
however cold/difficult/slowly, etc B2 used to say that it does not make any difference how cold/difficult/slowly, etc something is or happens: We're not going to get there in time, however fast we drive.Relative formsConnecting words which express a contrast
COMPARING A2 used when you are about to say something that is surprising compared with what you have just said: He had always been a successful businessman. Recently, however, things have not been going well for him.Relative formsConnecting words which express a contrast
ASKING UK used to ask about how something happened when the person asking feels surprised: However did you manage to persuade her?Question words and expressions
(Definition of however adverb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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