how

how adv

OE hĂș.

  1. [Interrogative; question marker]; in what way; in what manner; by what means;
  2. [+ Infinitive]; by certain means; in a particular manner.
  3. [Introducing a relative clause]; to what extent.
  4. [Qualifying adj. or adv.]; to what extent; in what degree
  5. [Exclamation; intensifier]; so; very; to such a degree!
  6. [Qualifying verb]; in what way; in what manner; by what authority?
  7. [Ellipsis.]
  8. Phrase. “How many”: what quantity of?
  9. Phrase. “How much”: what great amount; what generous quantity.
  10. Phrase. “How are you”: in what condition; how do you feel?
  11. Phrase. “How doth the busy bee”: [see bee; quoted from a 1715 Isaac Watts poem.]