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how adverb 1 in what way; by what means How did it happen? 2 to what extent How old is he? How far is it? 3 in what condition, especially of health How is she feeling now? 4 to what extent or degree is something good, successful, etc How was your holiday? 5 for what cause or reason; why How can you behave like that? 6 using whatever means are necessary Do it how best you can. conj 1 colloq that He told me how he'd done it on his own. 2 in which manner or condition I don't care how you get there. noun a manner or means of doing something The hows and whys of it. and how! originally N Amer colloq very much indeed; definitely. how about ... would you like ... what do you think of ... How about another piece of cake? How about going to see a film? how are you? a conventional greeting to someone, sometimes referring specifically to their state of health. how come? colloq for what reason? how does that come about? How come you're not going tomorrow? how do you do? a formal greeting to a person one is meeting for the first time. how now or how so? what is this? how is this so? how's that? 1 what is your opinion of that? 2 cricket an appeal to the umpire to give the batsman out. Also written howzat. how's your father facetious 1 amorous play; sexual intercourse. 2 ridiculous or foolish activity; nonsense. the how and why the method, or manner, and the cause.
ETYMOLOGY: Anglo-Saxon hu, probably an adverbial form of hwa who.
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