adjective \ˈsəch, ˈsich\

—used to say that something is great in degree, quality, or number

—used to say that something has a quality that results in something specified

: of the kind specified

Full Definition of SUCH

a :  of a kind or character to be indicated or suggested <a bag such as a doctor carries>
b :  having a quality to a degree to be indicated <his excitement was such that he shouted>
:  of the character, quality, or extent previously indicated or implied <in the past few years many such women have shifted to full-time jobs>
:  of so extreme a degree or quality <never heard such a hubbub>
:  of the same class, type, or sort <other such clinics throughout the state>
:  not specified

Examples of SUCH

  1. She has published her first sci-fi novel and hopes to write more such novels.
  2. No such agreement was made.
  3. The magazine publishes articles about such varied subjects as astronomy, politics, and gardening.
  4. I've never heard of such a thing!

Origin of SUCH

Middle English, from Old English swilc; akin to Old High German sulīh such, Old English swā so, gelīk like — more at so, like
First Known Use: before 12th century



: that kind or type of person or thing

: something previously stated or specified

Full Definition of SUCH

:  such a person or thing
:  someone or something stated, implied, or exemplified <such was the result>
:  someone or something similar :  similar persons or things <tin and glass and such>
as such
:  intrinsically considered :  in itself <as such the gift was worth little>

Usage Discussion of SUCH

For reasons that are hard to understand, commentators on usage disapprove of such used as a pronoun. Dictionaries, however, recognize it as standard; all of the citations upon which our definitions of this word are based are clearly standard.

Examples of SUCH

  1. It is a serious problem and should be treated as such.
  2. If such is the decision, nothing further should be done.

First Known Use of SUCH

before 12th century



—used to make a description more forceful

: to the degree that is specified or understood

Full Definition of SUCH

a :  to such a degree :  so <such tall buildings> <such a fine person>
b :  very, especially <hasn't been in such good spirits lately>
:  in such a way <related such that each excludes the other>

Examples of SUCH

  1. I have never seen such a large cat!
  2. I had such a bad headache that I couldn't think straight.

First Known Use of SUCH

before 12th century


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