how

how
how1 [hou]
adv.
[ME hwu, hu < OE, akin to OHG hweo (Ger wie), Goth hwai-wa < IE interrogative base * kwo-, *kwe- > WHY, WHO, L quo, Sans kā]
1. in what manner or way; by what means
2. in what state or condition
3. for what reason or purpose; why [how is it that you don't know?]
4. by what name
5. with what meaning; to what effect
6. to what extent, degree, amount, etc.
7. at what price
8. Informal what: usually a request to repeat something said: How is also used in exclamations and as an intensifier
conj.
1. the manner or way in which [show us how you did it]
2. the state or condition in which [ask him how he's been]
3. the extent, degree, amount, etc. to which [do you know how I despise you?]
4. in whatever manner or way [judge him how you will]
5. Informal that [he told us how he was happy about it]
n.
the way of doing; manner; method
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☆ and how!
Informal I agree! certainly!how about something ( or someone)?
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how about something?
Informal what is your wish, opinion, or information concerning something (or someone)?
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how about that!
Informal isn't that interesting!
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how come?
Informal how does it come that? how is it that? why?
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how now?
how is that? what is the meaning of this?
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how so?
how is it so? why?
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how then?
1. what is the meaning of this?
2. how else?
☆ how2 [hou ]
interj.
hello: a greeting attributed to, and still used, with humorous intent, in imitation of, American Indians

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