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Meaning of how-to

how-to

Pronunciation: (hou't'), [key]
— adj., n., pl. -tos.
—adj.
  1. giving or pertaining to basic instructions and directions to the layperson on the methods for doing or making something, esp. as a hobby or for practical use: a how-to book on photography.
—n.
  1. a set of step-by-step instructions for accomplishing a certain task or reaching a certain objective: a how-to for fixing a leaky faucet.
  2. the basic principles or approach for doing something: the how-to of investing in the stock market.
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