some

adjective
\ 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

some

adverb
\ 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

-some

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for some

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Adverb

Antonyms: Adverb

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Using Some as an Adverb: Usage Guide

Adverb

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb But eventually the team needs to know—some sooner than others. Mindy Diamond, Forbes, 20 May 2021 Nazario's attorney says the two officers proceeded to hit the lieutenant some more before handcuffing him. BostonGlobe.com, 10 Apr. 2021 Some progressives say Porter was targeted for removal, pointing to the fact that several members of the Financial Services panel are allowed to serve on other committees, some even as chairpersons. Jennifer Haberkorn, Los Angeles Times, 16 Mar. 2021 Sitting just 575 miles off the coast of Miami sits Turks and Caicos, a British overseas archipelago made up of some 40 islands. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 13 Mar. 2021 Many, many young people are being diagnosed with colon cancer -- some even in their teens. Annie Lane, oregonlive, 30 Oct. 2020 Many, many young people are being diagnosed with colon cancer -- some even in their teens. cleveland, 30 Oct. 2020 The Free Press found that in the summer months of 2018 and 2019, dozens of houses within 400 feet of one another were demolished and many were razed within 45 days of leveling of a nearby home — some even on the very same day. Freep.com, 7 June 2019 Because many local restaurants have closed – some voluntarily, others permanently – as Florida’s COVID-19 cases surge, 51 Broward eateries will take part in Dine Out Lauderdale, down from 70 last year. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, 24 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of some

Adjective

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

Adverb

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

History and Etymology for some

Adjective

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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Time Traveler for some

Time Traveler

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

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“Some.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/some. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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some

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of some

 (Entry 1 of 5)

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

some

pronoun

English Language Learners Definition of some (Entry 2 of 5)

: an unspecified amount or number of people or things

some

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of some (Entry 3 of 5)

used to indicate that a number is approximate sometimes used in combination
: to an unspecified amount or degree

English Language Learners Definition of -some (Entry 4 of 5)

: having a specified quality
: causing a specified feeling or condition

-some

noun suffix

English Language Learners Definition of -some (Entry 5 of 5)

: a group of (so many) people or things

some

adjective
\ 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?

some

pronoun

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.
\ ˌsəm \

Kids Definition of -some

 (Entry 1 of 4)

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

-some

noun suffix

Kids Definition of -some (Entry 2 of 4)

: group of so many members foursome

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