|1.||[ adverb ] despite anything to the contrary (usually following a concession)|
|Synonyms:||still nevertheless nonetheless even_so notwithstanding all_the_same withal yet|
"although I'm a little afraid, however I'd like to try it" "while we disliked each other, nevertheless we agreed" "he was a stern yet fair master"
|2.||[ adverb ] by contrast; on the other hand|
"the first part was easy the second, however, took hours"
|3.||[ adverb ] to whatever degree or extent|
"The results, however general, are important" "they have begun, however reluctantly, to acknowledge the legitimacy of some of the opposition's concerns"
|4.||[ adverb ] in whatever way or manner|
"Victory, however it was brought about, was sweet" "however he did it, it was very clever"
|5.||[ conjunction ] conjunction, adverb used as a conjunction|
|Synonyms:||nevertheless yet still but|
|6.||[ adverb ] in what way or manner or by what means|
"how did you catch the snake?" "he told us how he did it" (`however' is used as an intensive of `how' as in "however did you get here so soon?")