adjective \ˈsəm, for 2 without stress\

—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

:  being an unknown, undetermined, or unspecified unit or thing <some person knocked>
a :  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>
:  remarkable, striking <that was some party>
:  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

Related to SOME


pronoun, singular or plural in construction \ˈsəm\

Definition of SOME

:  one indeterminate quantity, portion, or number as distinguished from the rest
:  an indefinite additional amount <ran a mile and then some>

First Known Use of SOME

before 12th century


adverb \ˈsəm, ˌsəm\

: to an unspecified amount or degree

Full Definition of SOME

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

First Known Use of SOME

before 12th century


Next Word in the Dictionary: -some (adjective suffix)
Previous Word in the Dictionary: sombrous
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