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some

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adjective \ˈsəm, for 2 without stress\

Simple Definition of some

  • —used to refer to a person or thing that is not known, named, or specified

  • : of an unspecified amount or number

  • : of a fairly large amount or number

Full Definition of some

  1. 1 :  being an unknown, undetermined, or unspecified unit or thing <some person knocked>

  2. 2a :  being one, a part, or an unspecified number of something (as a class or group) named or implied <some gems are hard>b :  being of an unspecified amount or number <give me some water> <have some apples>

  3. 3 :  remarkable, striking <that was some party>

  4. 4 :  being at least one —used to indicate that a logical proposition is asserted only of a subclass or certain members of the class denoted by the term which it modifies

Examples of some

  1. Can I have some water?

  2. She had some interest in the job.

  3. I have some money left, but not much.

  4. I hope I've been of some help.

  5. We met some years ago.

  6. He spoke at some length about his problems.



Origin of some

Middle English som, adjective & pron., from Old English sum; akin to Old High German sum some, Greek hamē somehow, homos same — more at same


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with some


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some

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pronoun, singular or plural in construction \ˈsəm\

Definition of some

  1. 1 :  one indeterminate quantity, portion, or number as distinguished from the rest

  2. 2 :  an indefinite additional amount <ran a mile and then some>



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of some

before 12th century


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some

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adverb \ˈsəm, ˌsəm\

Simple Definition of some

  • : to an unspecified amount or degree

Full Definition of some

  1. 1 :  about <some 80 houses> <twenty-some people>

  2. 2a :  in some degree :  somewhat <felt some better>b :  to some degree or extent :  a little <the cut bled some> <I need to work on it some more>c —used as a mild intensive <that's going some>

Usage Discussion of some

When some is used to modify a number, it is almost always a round number <a community of some 150,000 inhabitants> but because some is slightly more emphatic than about or approximately it is occasionally used with a more exact number in an intensive function <an expert parachutist, he has some 115 jumps to his credit — Current Biography>. When some is used without a number, most commentators feel that somewhat is to be preferred. Their advice is an oversimplification, however; only when some modifies an adjective, usually a comparative, will somewhat always substitute smoothly. When some modifies a verb or adverb, and especially when it follows a verb, substitution of somewhat may prove awkward <Italy forced me to grow up some — E. W. Brooke> <I'm not a prude; I've been around some in my day — Roy Rogers> <here in Newport, both Southern Cross and Courageous practiced some more — W. N. Wallace>.

Examples of some

  1. Would you like some more potatoes?

  2. I need to work on it some more.



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of some

before 12th century


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-some

adjective suffix

Simple Definition of -some

  • : having a specified quality

  • : causing a specified feeling or condition

Full Definition of -some

  1. :  characterized by a (specified) thing, quality, state, or action <awesome> <burdensome> <cuddlesome>

Origin of -some

Middle English -som, from Old English -sum; akin to Old High German -sam -some, Old English sum some


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-some

noun suffix

Simple Definition of -some

  • : a group of (so many) people or things

Full Definition of -some

  1. :  group of (so many) members and especially persons <foursome>

Origin of -some

Middle English (northern dialect) -sum, from Middle English sum, pron., one, some


3

-some

noun combining form

Definition of -some

  1. 1 :  body <chromosome>

  2. 2 :  chromosome <monosome>



Origin of -some

New Latin -somat-, -soma, from Greek sōmat-, sōma



SOME Defined for Kids

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some

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adjective \ˈsəm\

Definition of some

  1. 1 :  not known, named, or specified <Some person called while you were out.>

  2. 2 :  being one, a part, or an unspecified number of something <Some birds can't fly.>

  3. 3 :  being of an amount or number that is not mentioned <Can you buy some apples?>




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some

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pronoun

Definition of some

  1. :  a certain number or amount <Some of the milk has spilled.> <Some of the paintings are sold.>




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-some

adjective suffix \ˌsəm\

Definition of -some

  1. :  distinguished by a specified thing, quality, state, or action <troublesome>




2

-some

noun suffix

Definition of -some

  1. :  group of so many members <foursome>





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