Meaning of “how” - Learner’s Dictionary


adverb us uk /haʊ/
Extra Examples
How did you meet Jane?How do you get to John's house?How did you find it?How far is it?How long is the film?

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?

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?

B1 used before an adjective or adverb to emphasize it:

I was amazed at how quickly she finished.

A2 used to ask about someone's health:

How are you feeling today?

B1 used to ask about the success or progress of a situation:

How's everything going?
How was the exam?
How are you?

A1 used to ask someone if they are well and happy:

"How are you Jane?" - "Oh, not so bad thanks."
How about..?

A2 used to make a suggestion:

How about a drink?
[ + doing sth ] How about going to the cinema?
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?"

(Definition of “how adverb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)