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

Different color correctors are used on different areas—such as redness, hyperpigmentation, sallowness, or dark circles—and these products can be sold individually or in a compact. SELF, "The 6 Best Color Correctors, According to Makeup Artists," 5 Dec. 2018 In this case the system was Unreal Engine 4, a popular engine used for titles such as Fortnite, PUBG, Gears of War 4, and many others. James Vincent, The Verge, "Nvidia has created the first video game demo using AI-generated graphics," 3 Dec. 2018 There are 40 cruises to pick from, such as Singapore to Bangkok and Bali to Sydney. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cyber Monday Travel Deals of 2018," 26 Nov. 2018 The right of one parent/guardian to make important decisions about the raising of your child, on issues such as health care, religious upbringing, education, etc. Jennifer Lance, Glamour, "Your Divorce Glossary: A-to-Z Terms You Need to Know," 26 Nov. 2018 As the little girl showed off her beautiful sundress, the pregnant Duchess looked elated to be greeted by such a cute well-wisher. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Just Met the Sweetest Little Girl on the Final Day of the Royal Tour," 31 Oct. 2018 On Saturday, air quality in cities closest to the fires, such as Sacramento and Chico, was the worst in the entire world. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "California Fires: What to Know If You're Visiting California This Week," 21 Nov. 2018 To date, accountability for mistakes [or] problems such as using personal email for government work has been mixed. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "When Will Ivanka Trump Stop Getting Excused for Screwing Up?," 20 Nov. 2018 Wearing a matching, icy-azure winged liner, Brown proceeded to carefully paint short strokes of lacquer onto the Late Show host's fingers—while discussing important matters, of course, such as activism, YouTube beauty tutorials, the Spice Girls.... Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Watch Millie Bobby Brown Paint Stephen Colbert's Nails (Really)," 20 Nov. 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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