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SOMEWHAT, noun [some and what.]

1. Something, though uncertain what.

2. More or less; a certain quantity or degree, indeterminate. These salts have somewhat of a nitrous taste.

3. A part, greater or less. somewhat of his good sense will suffer in this transfusion, and much of the beauty of his thoughts will be lost.

SOMEWHAT, adverb In some degree or quantity. This is somewhat more or less than was expected; he is somewhat aged; he is somewhat disappointed; somewhat disturbed.