Definition of 'however'

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Example sentences containing 'however'

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The knowledge did little to help him out of his current predicament, however. Jennifer Fallon TREASON KEEP (2001)They would not, however, have tolerated any canine comparison. Jon Cleary YESTERDAY'S SHADOW (2001)The intimacy of a proceeding in chambers, however, did not mean informality. James Grippando A KING'S RANSOM (2001)

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Extremely Common. however is one of the 1000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary

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Translations for 'however'

British English: however /haʊˈɛvə/ ADVERB
You use however when you are saying something that somebody might not expect because of what you have just said.
The apartment is rather small. It is, however, much nicer than our old apartment.
  • American English: however
  • Arabic: مَعْ ذَلِكَ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: contudo
  • Chinese: 可是
  • Croatian: međutim
  • Czech: avšak
  • Danish: ikke desto mindre
  • Dutch: echter
  • European Spanish: sin embargo
  • Finnish: kuitenkin
  • French: toutefois
  • German: jedoch
  • Greek: ωστόσο
  • Italian: tuttavia
  • Japanese: いかに・・・であろうとも
  • Korean: 그러나
  • Norwegian: imidlertid
  • Polish: jednakże
  • European Portuguese: contudo
  • Romanian: totuși
  • Russian: однако
  • Latin American Spanish: sin embargo
  • Swedish: hur...än
  • Thai: อย่างไรก็ตาม
  • Turkish: ancak
  • Ukrainian: проте
  • Vietnamese: tuy nhiên


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