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[adv] to what extent or amount or degree; "how tall is she?"
[adv] 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?")



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\How\, adv. [OE. how, hou, hu, hwu, AS. h?, from the same root as hw[=a], hw[ae]t, who, what, pron. interrog.; akin to OS. hw[=o]w, D. hoe, cf. G. wie how, Goth. hw[=e] wherewith, hwaiwa how. [root]18
2. See {Who}, and cf. {Why}.]
1. In what manner or way; by what means or process. How can a man be born when he is old? --John iii.
2. To what degree or extent, number or amount; in what proportion; by what measure or quality. O, how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day. --Ps. cxix. 9
7. By how much they would diminish the present extent of the sea, so much they would impair the fertility, and fountains, and rivers of the earth. --Bentley.
3. For what reason; from what cause. How now, my love! why is your cheek so pale? --Shak.
4. In what state, condition, or plight. How, and with what reproach, shall I return? --Dryden.
5. By what name, designation, or title. How art thou called? --Shak.
6. At what price; how dear. [Obs.] How a score of ewes now? --Shak. Note: How is used in each sense, interrogatively, interjectionally, and relatively; it is also often employed to emphasize an interrogation or exclamation. ``How are the mighty fallen!'' --2 Sam. i. 2
7. Sometimes, also, it is used as a noun; -- as, the how, the when, the wherefore. --Shelley. Let me beg you -- don't say ``How?'' for ``What?'' --Holmes.

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