\ ˈsəm , for sense 2 without stress \

Definition of some

 (Entry 1 of 6)

1 : being an unknown, undetermined, or unspecified unit or thing some person knocked
2a : 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
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Definition of some (Entry 2 of 6)

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


\ ˈsəm , ˌsəm\

Definition of some (Entry 3 of 6)

1 : about some 80 houses twenty-some people
2a : 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

Definition of -some (Entry 4 of 6)

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


noun suffix

Definition of -some (Entry 5 of 6)

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

Definition of -some (Entry 6 of 6)

1 : body chromosome
2 : chromosome monosome

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Synonyms & Antonyms for some

Synonyms: Adjective

anonymous, certain, given, one, unidentified, unnamed, unspecified

Synonyms: Adverb

about, approximately, around, like, more or less, much, near, plus or minus, roughly, say

Antonyms: Adverb

exactly, precisely

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Using Some as an Adverb: Usage Guide


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


Can I have some water? She had some interest in the job. I have some money left, but not much. I hope I've been of some help. We met some years ago. He spoke at some length about his problems.


Would you like some more potatoes? I need to work on it some more.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Zuniga isn’t sweating at some low-fee, big-box fitness chain. Ronald D. White,, "Millennials are spending big on trendy places to sweat," 23 Aug. 2017 A long-term trend away from physicians owning their practices may be another reason that single-payer is winning some over. Rachel Bluth, Kaiser Health News, "Doctors Warm To Single-Payer Health Care," 16 Aug. 2017 In a study published Wednesday, a team of paleontologists added some particularly fascinating new creatures to the Mesozoic Menagerie. Carl Zimmer, The Seattle Times, "In the Age of Dinosaurs, mammals took to the skies," 11 Aug. 2017 She'll be paired up with Hope, a polar bear cub almost the same age as Nora who will help in some much needed socialization. Kale Williams,, "Nora the polar bear cub slated to leave Portland in early September," 9 Aug. 2017 Pioneer 10 and 11 provided some better views of Jupiter and Saturn, but still very little was known about the planets or their moons. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The Voyagers have reached an anniversary worth celebrating," 7 Aug. 2017 Picture Perfect / Splash News Newly liberated from his grueling year-long Purpose Tour, Justin Bieber has been enjoying some much needed time off. Liza Corsillo, GQ, "Justin Bieber Can Do So Much Better Than Free Hotel Slippers," 2 Aug. 2017 This weekend, Oscar winner and walking neck-beard Leonardo DiCaprio was spotted strolling around New York City with a purple plastic bag tied around a sweater, tied around some hard-working cargo shorts. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "What Could Leonardo DiCaprio Possibly Be Carrying in This Plastic Bag?," 17 July 2017 Broncho's Ryan Lindsey always seems to be working out some serious issues when singing, but most people are. Jeffrey Lee Puckett, The Courier-Journal, "The New Pornographers lead Louisville's Top 5 shows July 13-19," 11 July 2017

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First Known Use of some


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

Pronoun, singular or plural in construction

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


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

History and Etymology for 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

Adjective suffix

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

Noun suffix

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

Noun combining form

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

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

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English Language Learners Definition of some

 (Entry 1 of 5)

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



English Language Learners Definition of some (Entry 2 of 5)

: an unspecified amount or number of people or things



English Language Learners Definition of some (Entry 3 of 5)

used to indicate that a number is approximate sometimes used in combination
: to an unspecified amount or degree

English Language Learners Definition of -some (Entry 4 of 5)

: having a specified quality
: causing a specified feeling or condition


noun suffix

English Language Learners Definition of -some (Entry 5 of 5)

: a group of (so many) people or things


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Kids Definition of some

 (Entry 1 of 4)

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?



Kids Definition of some (Entry 2 of 4)

: a certain number or amount Some of the milk has spilled. Some of the paintings are sold.
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Kids Definition of -some

 (Entry 1 of 4)

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


noun suffix

Kids Definition of -some (Entry 2 of 4)

: group of so many members foursome

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a servile follower or underling

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