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
Synonyms: how

"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?")

Related terms: intensifier
Similar spelling:   Hoover