\ ˈsəm How to pronounce some (audio) , for sense 2 without stress \

Definition of some

 (Entry 1 of 6)

1 : being an unknown, undetermined, or unspecified unit or thing some person knocked
2a : being one, a part, or an unspecified number of something (such 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 : remarkable, striking that was some party
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
\ ˈsəm How to pronounce some (audio) \

Definition of some (Entry 2 of 6)

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


\ ˈsəm How to pronounce some (audio) , ˌsəm \

Definition of some (Entry 3 of 6)

1 : about some 80 houses twenty-some people
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

Definition of -some (Entry 4 of 6)

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


noun suffix

Definition of -some (Entry 5 of 6)

: group of (so many) members and especially persons foursome

Definition of -some (Entry 6 of 6)

1 : body chromosome
2 : chromosome monosome

Synonyms & Antonyms for some

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Adverb

Antonyms: Adverb

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Using Some as an Adverb: Usage Guide


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 in a Sentence

Adjective Can I have some water? She had some interest in the job. I have some money left, but not much. I hope I've been of some help. We met some years ago. He spoke at some length about his problems. Adverb Would you like some more potatoes? I need to work on it some more. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb But Alabama will need to work around its numbers issue for one more day Saturday while giving fans a closer look at some less experienced players. Mike Rodak |, al, 15 Apr. 2022 Once an employee’s hours fall below certain thresholds—often 1,000 hours a year or 500 for long-term part-timers—some 401(k) plans prevent participation. Anne Tergesen, WSJ, 28 Mar. 2022 What drew so many to Rocky Ripple — the White River — may push some away. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 2 Mar. 2022 While some 40 memos are available online, the list is out of date; the most recent police shooting for which a memo is posted occurred in 2019. Megan Crepeau,, 13 Feb. 2022 The show will be broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, starting at 5 p.m. PT and including first looks, trailers and new gameplay for some 40 video games. Jordan Moreau, Variety, 9 Dec. 2021 Ruby reluctantly agrees to lead the team there, and on the way, Knight gently questions Ruby some more. Sara Netzley,, 7 Dec. 2021 Thousands of hydrothermal features, including geysers, fumaroles, and hot springs, are going strong and still accessible — some even by snowcoach. Brad Japhe, Travel + Leisure, 27 Nov. 2021 Most car manufacturers guarantee the hybrid battery for at least eight years or 80,000 miles, with Toyota, Hyundai, Chrysler, and others offering coverage for at least 10 years or 100,000 miles—some longer. Chaya Milchtein, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of some


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Pronoun, singular or plural in construction

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for some


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

Adjective suffix

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

Noun suffix

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

Noun combining form

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

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The first known use of some was before the 12th century

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\ ˈsəm How to pronounce some (audio) \

Kids Definition of some

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : not known, named, or specified Some person called while you were out.
2 : being one, a part, or an unspecified number of something Some birds can't fly.
3 : being of an amount or number that is not mentioned Can you buy some apples?



Kids Definition of some (Entry 2 of 4)

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


adjective suffix
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Kids Definition of -some

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: distinguished by a specified thing, quality, state, or action troublesome


noun suffix

Kids Definition of -some (Entry 2 of 4)

: group of so many members foursome

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