/how/, adv.1. in what way or manner; by what means?: How did the accident happen?2. to what extent, degree, etc.?: How damaged is the car?3. in what state or condition?: How are you?4. for what reason; why?: How can you talk such nonsense?5. to what effect; with what meaning?: How is one to interpret his action?6. what?: How do you mean? If they don't have vanilla, how about chocolate?7. (used as an intensifier): How seldom I go there!8. by what title or name?: How does one address the president?9. at what price: How are the new cars going, cheaper than last year's models?10. by what amount or in what measure or quantity?: How do you sell these tomatoes?11. in what form or shape?: How does the demon appear in the first act of the opera? How does the medication come?14. how come? Informal. how is it that? why?: How come you never visit us anymore?15. how so? how does it happen to be so? why?: You haven't any desire to go? How so?conj.16. the manner or way in which: He couldn't figure out how to solve the problem.17. about the manner, condition, or way in which: I don't care how you leave your desk when you go. Be careful how you act.18. in whatever manner or way; however: You can travel how you please.19. Informal. that: He told us how he was honest and could be trusted.n.20. a question concerning the way or manner in which something is done, achieved, etc.: a child's unending whys and hows.21. a way or manner of doing something: to consider all the hows and wherefores.22. a word formerly used in communications to represent the letter H.how2/how/, interj. Facetious.(used as a greeting in imitation of American Indian speech.)[1810-20; of uncert. orig.]how3/how/, n., adj. Scot. and North Eng.howe.
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