\ ˈsəch How to pronounce such (audio) , 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



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



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


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 Endeavor would be the first talent agency to go public and, as such, has been the subject of much speculation, in large part because of the heavy debt load the company is carrying and the volatile nature of many of its businesses. Los Angeles Times, "Powerhouse agency owner Endeavor appears set to raise $600 million in IPO," 16 Sep. 2019 As such, the show’s monologues won’t necessarily be peppered with jokes on current events, Irwin says. Yvonne Villarreal, chicagotribune.com, "Middle America may not get late-night newcomer Lilly Singh. They can deal with it," 16 Sep. 2019 As such, governments equally ravaged and depleted by the opioid crisis will be implicitly squaring off in bankruptcy court, speaking for and against the Purdue filing. Jan Hoffman, New York Times, "Would a Purdue Bankruptcy Protect the Sacklers? Good Question.," 16 Sep. 2019 Some experts argue that the voting share of emerging markets such as China and India should be expanded, considering the size of their economies. Washington Post, "What a World Bank Critic Might Do as Its President," 18 Sep. 2019 Much of Ocasek’s work came with acts whose music didn’t sound much like The Cars at all, such as Black 47 or the electronic-leaning band Brazilian Girls. Eric R. Danton, Fortune, "Just What I Needed: Beyond The Cars, Ric Ocasek Also Left a Producing Legacy," 17 Sep. 2019 Until now, Apple users interested in this option have had to rely on apps from other developers, such as SwiftKey. Shannon Liao, CNN, "iOS 13 is coming this week: Here's what to expect," 17 Sep. 2019 The Ravens have also said goodbye to some veterans, such as quarterback Joe Flacco, linebackers C.J. Mosley and Terrell Suggs and safety Eric Weddle. Mike Preston, baltimoresun.com, "Preston: Just how good are the Ravens under Lamar Jackson? We’ll find out when they face the Chiefs.," 17 Sep. 2019 This is the first time Rockstar has offered direct purchases of its PC games, as opposed to serving games on services such as Steam. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Rockstar Games Launcher: We install it on Windows so you don’t have to [Updated]," 17 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb To support such resource-intensive work, in 2003 Banerjee, Duflo, and a colleague founded the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), a network of nearly 200 researchers performing such randomized controlled experiments in economics. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Economics Nobel honors trio taking an experimental approach to fighting poverty," 14 Oct. 2019 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'such.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of such


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


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


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

History and Etymology for such


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

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27 Oct 2019

Cite this Entry

“Such.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/as%20such. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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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



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

somewhat formal
: that kind or type of person or thing
: something previously stated or specified



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

somewhat informal used to make a description more forceful
: to the degree that is specified or understood
\ ˈsəch How to pronounce such (audio) \

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.



Kids Definition of such (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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easily led, controlled, or managed

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