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howeveradverb [not gradable]

us   /hɑʊˈev·ər/
to whatever amount or degree: However fast we drive, we’re not going to get there in time. If Emma likes something she’ll buy it, however much it costs.
in whatever way: However you look at it, it’s still a mess.
despite this; nevertheless: There may, however, be other reasons that we don’t know about.

howeverconjunction

/hɑʊˈev·ər/
  • however conjunction (WAY)

in whatever way: You can do it however you like, it really doesn’t matter.
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"however" in British English

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howeveradverb

uk   /ˌhaʊˈev.ər/ us   /ˌhaʊˈev.ɚ/
  • however adverb (DEGREE)

B2 despite whatever amount or degree: However hungry I am, I never seem to be able to finish off a whole pizza. If Emma likes something she'll buy it however much it costs. I'll see you after the show and give you £20 for the tickets, or however much (= whatever) they cost.

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  • however adverb (WAY)

used to express surprise: However did you manage to get him to agree to that?
C2 in whatever way: However you look at it, it's still a mess. You can do it however you like, it really doesn't matter.

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  • however adverb (DESPITE THIS)

A2 despite this: This is one possible solution to the problem. However, there are others. There may, however, be other reasons that we don't know about.

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(Definition of however from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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