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 Powell and his collaborators collected mosquitoes from several neighborhoods before, during, and in the 3 months after the trial. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "Study on DNA spread by genetically modified mosquitoes prompts backlash," 17 Sep. 2019 The event on Marine Avenue, the island’s main thoroughfare, featured carnival games, rides, a dunk tank, bungee jumping, raffles and food from several area restaurants. Daily Pilot, "Balboa Island Carnival gets Marine Avenue jumping," 16 Sep. 2019 Part of that credit should go to the Titans; Colts coach Frank Reich said that Indianapolis dialed up several shot plays down the field, but Tennessee took most of them away and forced Brissett to check it down. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Thumbs up, thumbs down: Colts get good and bad from Jacoby Brissett's second start," 16 Sep. 2019 Today, at the start of the path up the rock, several large information panels express the local Anangu people’s feeling both for their most sacred place and for the visitors’ well-being. National Geographic, "Why Australia is banning climbers from this iconic natural landmark," 15 Sep. 2019 Last year, the Democratic Party flipped seven congressional seats, including several in historically conservative Orange County, helping the party retake a majority in the House of Representatives. Tim Arango, New York Times, "Trump Inspires California Lawmakers to Go on Offense," 14 Sep. 2019 Peters was in coverage for several of Thomas’ receptions, including a 72-yard touchdown that sealed the Saints’ victory. Los Angeles Times, "Rams’ Eric Weddle clears concussion protocol and is expected to play against Saints," 13 Sep. 2019 For example, each of the four companies is asked to provide a list of the top 10 competitors to several of its services, including an explanation of why each entity on the list constitutes competition. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Congress wants Facebook, Google, Apple, and Amazon emails as probe heats up," 13 Sep. 2019 There are several promising young players on the current big-league roster. Kent Somers, azcentral, "Arizona Diamondbacks almost became something more than incredibly average," 13 Sep. 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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27 Oct 2019

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

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several

adjective
How to pronounce several (audio)

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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