such

adjective
\ˈsəch, ˈsich\

Definition of such 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : 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

2 : of the character, quality, or extent previously indicated or implied in the past few years many such women have shifted to full-time jobs

3 : of so extreme a degree or quality never heard such a hubbub

4 : of the same class, type, or sort other such clinics throughout the state

5 : not specified

such

pronoun

Definition of such (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : such a person or thing

2 : someone or something stated, implied, or exemplified such was the result

3 : 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

such

adverb

Definition of such (Entry 3 of 3)

1a : to such a degree : so such tall buildings such a fine person

b : very, especially hasn't been in such good spirits lately

2 : in such a way related such that each excludes the other

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Can such be used as a pronoun?: Usage Guide

Pronoun

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 in a Sentence

Adjective

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

Pronoun

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

Adverb

I have never seen such a large cat! I had such a bad headache that I couldn't think straight.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Fox explained the importance of a JCC offering sports programs such as the soccer clinics. Sergio Carmona, Jewish Journal, "Soccer clinics at area JCC focus on skills, sportsmanship," 13 July 2018 Michigan’s 9th District, covering parts of Macomb and Oakland counties, was gerrymandered in 2011 in such a way as to force then-U.S. Rep. Gary Peters — now a U.S. senator — into Sandy Levin’s district, concentrating Democratic votes. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "Andy Levin looks to take dad Sander Levin's seat in Congress," 13 July 2018 But her path to victory in such a scenario is looking very narrow. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "More than 20 Democratic House candidates want Nancy Pelosi to step aside after 2018," 12 July 2018 Other jihadist outfits in the region have proved able to attack Western targets locally, such as hotels. The Economist, "The fight against Islamic State is moving to Africa," 14 July 2018 The celebrations in the streets enacted that sense of possibility, with all the groups mixing together in an ebullient embrace, the French flag speaking the stories of players such as Zidane and Thuram as the true story of the country. Laurent Dubois, The Atlantic, "France’s Ghosts Return for the World Cup," 14 July 2018 Man of the hour: Every All-Star Game seems to focus on one individual, such as David Ortiz in 2016 in San Diego or Aaron Judge last year in Miami. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Clubhouse policeman Bud Norris creating latest controversy in St. Louis," 14 July 2018 Accompanying the meat were vegetables, such as carrots, parsnips, fingerling potatoes, cauliflower and broccoli rabe. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Enzo's Hideaway offers Italian fare paired with prohibition-style cocktails," 14 July 2018 Sweets like loukoumades and baklava are among most popular at Greek Fest, along with the authentic dishes such as Grecian chicken, gyros, souvlaki (shish-ka-bob), Greek salad and saganaki, said Dan Savas. Gloria Casas, Elgin Courier-News, "Saint Sophia’s Greek Fest shares sounds, tastes and feel of Greece at Elgin church," 14 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Thankful to work around such talented & caring people. CBS News, "ESPN's Shelley Smith hospitalized after health scare in Warriors locker room," 15 May 2017 Thankful to work around such talented & caring people, Janie Mccauley, The Seattle Times, "ESPN’s Shelley Smith having tests after scare at Warriors," 14 May 2017

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First Known Use of such

Adjective

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

Pronoun

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

Adverb

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

History and Etymology for such

Adjective

Middle English, from Old English swilc; akin to Old High German sulīh such, Old English swā so, gelīk like — more at so, like

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such

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of such

 (Entry 1 of 3)

—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

such

pronoun

English Language Learners Definition of such (Entry 2 of 3)

: that kind or type of person or thing

: something previously stated or specified

such

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of such (Entry 3 of 3)

—used to make a description more forceful

: to the degree that is specified or understood

such

adjective
\ˈsəch \

Kids Definition of such

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of a kind just specified or to be specified “It's classified information, until such time as the Ministry decides to release it” …— J. K. Rowling, Goblet of Fire

2 : of the same class, type, or sort : similar We've opened three such stores.

3 : so great : so remarkable I've never seen such a crowd.

such

pronoun

Kids Definition of such (Entry 2 of 2)

: that sort of person, thing, or group boards and nails and such

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