How are you?

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How are you?

1. How are things? How's life? Used as a general friendly greeting. A: "Good to see you, John. How are you?" B: "I've been well, thanks. How are you, Paul?"
2. Used to inquire into the state of someone's mental, emotional, or physical health. How are you, Miranda? I heard you were sick recently.
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