several

adjective
sev·​er·​al | \ ˈsev-rəl How to pronounce several (audio) , ˈse-və-\

Definition of several

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : separate or distinct from one another federal union of the several states
b(1) : individually owned or controlled : exclusive a several fishery — compare common
(2) : of or relating separately to each individual involved a several judgment
c : being separate and distinctive : respective specialists in their several fields
2a : more than one several pleas
b : more than two but fewer than many moved several inches
c chiefly dialectal : being a great many

Definition of several (Entry 2 of 2)

: an indefinite number more than two and fewer than many several of the guests

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Examples of several in a Sentence

Adjective

It took several days for the package to arrive. He arrived several hours ago. We added several more names to the list. The meat can be cooked several ways. There are several similar stores at the mall. a federal union of the several states
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Agents believe several people may have died from using the fentanyl-laced pills, including some in San Antonio. Guillermo Contreras, ExpressNews.com, "Leader of deadly San Antonio opioid pill mill pleads guilty," 20 June 2019 Livernois was responding to a scene regarding a gun threat and battery where a suspect was seen running down Melody Lane with several other people, according to the report. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "White Florida cop who put hands around black teen’s neck out of a job: report," 20 June 2019 The Foundation has played host to several successful initiatives, most notably the young royals’ mental health campaign Heads Together. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Officially Split From Their Joint Charity with Prince William and Kate Middleton," 20 June 2019 The 35-year-old woman, her current boyfriend and several other people had exited the home when deputies arrived. oregonlive.com, "Oregon man in jail after stabbing his ex-girlfriend, himself, deputies say," 19 June 2019 The report examined several situations in which Trump attempted to influence or curtail Mueller's investigation. Mary Clare Jalonick, Anchorage Daily News, "Former Trump aide Hope Hicks refusing to answer questions in House hearing," 19 June 2019 The main company that is going against this is BuynLarge (BnL), the same company that is seen in several Pixar movies. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "What is the Pixar Theory and What Does It Mean For Your Favorite Movies?," 19 June 2019 Lothar-Günther Buchheim based his 1973 novel Das Boot on his experiences as a war reporter on several U-boats, and while the novel is fiction, the submarine base in the novel is recognizably the one at St. Nazaire. Adrian Daub, The New Republic, "Hulu’s Das Boot Gets Lost at Sea," 19 June 2019 Each book is less than 80 pages each, with several pages taken up by autographs from the likes of Beyonce, Bobby Knight, Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and Mahatma Ghandi. Gregory Korte, USA Today, "The rise of Rick Singer: How the mastermind of college admissions scandal built an empire on lies, exploited a broken system," 19 June 2019

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First Known Use of several

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Pronoun, plural in construction

1639, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for several

Adjective

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin separalis, from Latin separ separate, back-formation from separare to separate

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The first known use of several was in the 15th century

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several

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of several

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: more than two but not very many
formal : different and separate

several

pronoun

English Language Learners Definition of several (Entry 2 of 2)

: more than two but not very many

several

adjective
sev·​er·​al | \ ˈse-və-rəl How to pronounce several (audio) , ˈsev-rəl\

Kids Definition of several

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : consisting of more than two but not very many several people several minutes
2 : separate or distinct from others : different federal union of the several states

several

pronoun

Kids Definition of several (Entry 2 of 2)

: a small number : more than two but not many The new rules made several of us angry.

several

adjective
sev·​er·​al

Legal Definition of several

1a : of or relating separately to each individual involved specifically : enforceable separately against each party each promisor owed a several duty — see also several liability at liability sense 2b, several obligation at obligation
b : being separately or individually responsible, liable, or obligated a several obligor — compare joint
2 : separate or distinct from one another to regulate commerce with foreign nations and among the several StatesU.S. Constitution art. I

Other Words from several

severally adverb

History and Etymology for several

Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin separalis, from Latin separ separate

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