Definition of however adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//haʊˈevə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//haʊˈevər//
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  1. 1  used with an adjective or adverb to mean ‘to whatever degree’ He wanted to take no risks, however small. She has the window open, however cold it is outside. However carefully I explained, she still didn't understand. When ever is used to emphasize how, meaning ‘In what way or manner?’, it is usually written as a separate wordHow ever did you get here so quickly?
  2. 2  in whatever way However you look at it, it's going to cost a lot.
  3. 3  used to introduce a statement that contrasts with something that has just been said He was feeling bad. He went to work, however, and tried to concentrate. We thought the figures were correct. However, we have now discovered some errors. Language BankhoweverWays of saying ‘but’ Politicians have promised to improve road safety. So far, however, little has been achieved. Despite clear evidence from road safety studies, no new measures have been introduced. Politicians have promised to improve road safety. In spite of this/Despite this, little has been achieved so far. Although politicians have promised to improve road safety, little has been achieved so far. Some politicians claim that the new transport policy has been a success. In fact, it has been a total disaster. Government campaigns have had a measure of success, but the fact remains that large numbers of accidents are still caused by careless drivers. language bank at nevertheless
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: however