Definition However

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Definition

however: but, even so, though; in spite of this, despite this; nevertheless, nonetheless
conjunction, adverb
Bruno lost his ability to smell, however he still creates perfumes. The fact that he can't smell the perfume doesn't matter.

however much it costs: no matter how
conjunction, adverb
However can also mean No matter how in the following constructions:

However rich he may be, he doesn't want to stop working. It doesn't matter how rich he becomes, he doesn't want to stop working.
(= No matter how rich he may be)
This exercise, however easy (it may be), must be finished. This exercise, even though it might be very easy, must be finished.

Pronunciation examples
UK: We will allow you to travel however you like.
US: However is a nice word; however it's sometimes difficult to use.

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