1 in what way? in what manner? by what means?: how did it happen? Also used in indirect questions: tell me how he did it
2 to what extent?
how tall is he?
3 how good? how well? what...like?
how did she sing?, how was the holiday?
how about? used to suggest something
how about asking her?, how about a cup of tea?
how are you? what is your state of health?
Informal what is the reason (that)?
how come you told him?
a is this satisfactory as regards...?
how's that for size?
b an exclamation used to draw attention to a quality, deed, etc.
how is that for endurance?
b (Cricket, Also written) howzat (an appeal to the umpire) is the batsman out?
how now? or how so?
Archaic what is the meaning of this?
Not standard that
he told me as how the shop was closed
11 in whatever way
do it how you wish
12 used in exclamations to emphasize extent
how happy I was!
and how! intensifier very much so!
here's how! (as a toast) good health!
15 the way a thing is done
the how of it
(Old English hu; related to Old Frisian hu, Old High German hweo)
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