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some

adjective \ ˈsəm , for sense 2 without stress \

Definition of some

1 : being an unknown, undetermined, or unspecified unit or thing
  • some person knocked
2 a : being one, a part, or an unspecified number of something (such as a class or group) named or implied
  • some gems are hard
b : being of an unspecified amount or number
  • give me some water
  • have some apples
3 : remarkable, striking
  • that was some party
4 : being at least one used to indicate that a logical proposition is asserted only of a subclass or certain members of the class denoted by the term which it modifies

Examples of some in a Sentence

  1. Can I have some water?

  2. She had some interest in the job.

  3. I have some money left, but not much.

  4. I hope I've been of some help.

  5. We met some years ago.

  6. He spoke at some length about his problems.

Origin and Etymology of some

Middle English som, adjective & pronoun, from Old English sum; akin to Old High German sum some, Greek hamē somehow, homos same — more at same

some Synonyms


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some

pronoun, singular or plural in construction \ ˈsəm \

Definition of some

1 : one indeterminate quantity, portion, or number as distinguished from the rest
2 : an indefinite additional amount
  • ran a mile and then some

First Known Use of some

before 12th century


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some

adverb \ ˈsəm , ˌsəm \

Definition of some

1 : about
  • some 80 houses
  • twenty-some people
2 a : in some degree : somewhat
  • felt some better
b : to some degree or extent : a little
  • the cut bled some
  • I need to work on it some more
c used as a mild intensive
  • that's going some

Using some as an Adverb

When some is used to modify a number, it is almost always a round number
    • a community of some 150,000 inhabitants
but because some is slightly more emphatic than about or approximately it is occasionally used with a more exact number in an intensive function.
    • an expert parachutist, he has some 115 jumps to his credit
    • Current Biography
When some is used without a number, most commentators feel that somewhat is to be preferred. Their advice is an oversimplification, however; only when some modifies an adjective, usually a comparative, will somewhat always substitute smoothly. When some modifies a verb or adverb, and especially when it follows a verb, substitution of somewhat may prove awkward.
    • Italy forced me to grow up some
    • —E. W. Brooke
    • I'm not a prude; I've been around some in my day
    • —Roy Rogers
    • here in Newport, both Southern Cross and Courageous practiced some more
    • —W. N. Wallace


Examples of some in a Sentence

  1. Would you like some more potatoes?

  2. I need to work on it some more.

Recent Examples of some from the Web

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First Known Use of some

before 12th century


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-some

adjective suffix

Definition of -some

: characterized by a (specified) thing, quality, state, or action
  • awesome
  • burdensome
  • cuddlesome

Origin and Etymology of -some

Middle English -som, from Old English -sum; akin to Old High German -sam -some, Old English sum some

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-some

noun suffix

Definition of -some

: group of (so many) members and especially persons
  • foursome

Origin and Etymology of -some

Middle English (northern dialect) -sum, from Middle English sum, pronoun, one, some

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-some

noun combining form

Definition of -some

1 : body
  • chromosome
2 : chromosome
  • monosome

Origin and Etymology of -some

New Latin -somat-, -soma, from Greek sōmat-, sōma

SOME Defined for English Language Learners

some

adjective

Definition of some for English Language Learners

  • —used to refer to a person or thing that is not known, named, or specified

  • : of an unspecified amount or number

  • : of a fairly large amount or number


some

adverb

Definition of some for English Language Learners

  • : to an unspecified amount or degree


-some

adjective suffix

Definition of -some for English Language Learners

  • : having a specified quality

  • : causing a specified feeling or condition


-some

noun suffix

Definition of -some for English Language Learners

  • : a group of (so many) people or things


SOME Defined for Kids

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some

adjective \ ˈsəm \

Definition of some for Students

1 : not known, named, or specified
  • Some person called while you were out.
2 : being one, a part, or an unspecified number of something
  • Some birds can't fly.
3 : being of an amount or number that is not mentioned
  • Can you buy some apples?

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some

pronoun

Definition of some for Students

: a certain number or amount
  • Some of the milk has spilled.
  • Some of the paintings are sold.

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-some

adjective suffix \ ˌsəm \

Definition of -some for Students

: distinguished by a specified thing, quality, state, or action
  • troublesome

2

-some

noun suffix

Definition of -some for Students

: group of so many members
  • foursome


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