Definition of “however” - English Dictionary

“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 Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“however” in American English

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howeveradverb [ not gradable ]

us /hɑʊˈev·ər/

however adverb [ not gradable ] (DEGREE)

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.

however adverb [ not gradable ] (WAY)

in whatever way:

However you look at it, it’s still a mess.

however adverb [ not gradable ] (DESPITE)

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.

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