anyhow

an|y|how [ `eni,hau ] adverb *
Anyhow can be used in the following ways:
as a way of showing how a sentence is related to what has already been said:
I'm not going to resign. Not yet, anyhow.
as an ordinary adverb:
Don't just stick pictures on the wall anyhow. Arrange them properly.
1. ) despite something else SPOKEN despite something you have previously mentioned:
Martin's been sick, but anyhow, I think he's hoping to come with us tomorrow.
Make the speed limit 30 miles an hour, and people will drive at 40 anyhow.
2. ) when something is not important SPOKEN used when stating a particular fact which shows that something that has just been mentioned is not important:
Did you bring a map? Oh well, it doesn't matter anyhow I know the way.
There's nothing to eat. Anyhow, I'm not really hungry.
3. ) used for limiting a statement SPOKEN used when adding a statement that limits what you have just said:
I don't want to talk about it, not tonight anyhow.
The world, my world anyhow, is full of stupid guys like Gary.
4. ) used for changing the subject SPOKEN used when you are changing the subject of a conversation back to what you were talking about earlier:
Oh well, anyhow, as we were saying, nobody cares about the poor old farmers.
5. ) used when telling a story SPOKEN used for introducing what happened next:
I could see the poor animal was sick. Anyhow, I gave it antibiotics, and it started to recover.
6. ) used for ending a conversation SPOKEN used for ending a conversation, or for showing that you have come to the end of what you were telling someone:
Anyhow, I shouldn't keep you from your work.
7. ) in a careless way in a careless or messy way:
Account books and documents lay scattered anyhow across his desk.
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Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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