somebody

pronoun
some·​body | \ ˈsəm-(ˌ)bə-dē How to pronounce somebody (audio) , -ˌbä- \

Definition of somebody

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one or some person of unspecified or indefinite identity somebody will come in

somebody

noun

Definition of somebody (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person of position or importance

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Examples of somebody in a Sentence

Pronoun Somebody left you a message. The singer waved to somebody in the crowd. We need somebody who can work nights and weekends. Is that somebody you know? Somebody has to do it. After I turned down the job, she offered it to somebody else. Noun a small-town girl who hopes to become a somebody someday
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Our sole objective is to make sure the right decisions are taken and not that somebody is blamed or not blamed. John Lauerman, Bloomberg.com, "Here’s What WHO Says About Relations With U.S., China: Q&A," 20 May 2020 But to me, they are cooked, soft, delicious beans that somebody else has already packed with flavour and done all the cooking for me. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, "Nadiya Hussain Talks Cooking In Quarantine & Her Show Hitting Netflix," 30 Apr. 2020 Downstairs, Toby is on a work call; somebody from human resources is explaining that pay raises had been frozen. Washington Post, "Two parents, two jobs, two young kids. One day after another.," 8 May 2020 People die every day, so there has to be somebody doing that. Tyler Dragon, Cincinnati.com, "'They are astonished': Bengals rookie Trey Dishon doesn't have typical post-football plans," 7 May 2020 Now, can somebody please take away all of Bachelor Nation’s TikTok accounts? Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "Peter Weber and Kelley Flanagan Just Responded to Everyone Hating on Their Relationship," 1 May 2020 When somebody is the president of the United States, the authority is total, and that's the way it's got to be. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Trump admin threatens to sue states that don’t lift pandemic orders," 28 Apr. 2020 The calendar of events — everything from baseball to stage plays to graduation ceremonies — is looking like somebody’s rough draft, about to be cast into the trash bin. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "Faces of lost seasons," 28 Mar. 2020 Hungry bees approach other bees until somebody coughs something up. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Deadly virus turns honey bees into Trojan horses," 28 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of somebody

Pronoun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

circa 1566, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of somebody was in the 14th century

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“Somebody.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/somebody. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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somebody

pronoun
How to pronounce somebody (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of somebody

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who is not known, named, or specified

somebody

noun

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

: an important person

somebody

pronoun
some·​body | \ ˈsəm-ˌbä-dē How to pronounce somebody (audio) , -bə-dē \

Kids Definition of somebody

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who is not known, named, or specified Somebody was looking for you.

somebody

noun
plural somebodies

Kids Definition of somebody (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person of importance He wanted to be a somebody.

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