some·​thing | \ ˈsəm(p)-thiŋ How to pronounce something (audio) , especially in rapid speech or for sense 2 ˈsəm-pᵊm \

Definition of something

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : some indeterminate or unspecified thing
b : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number used in combination twenty-something years olda group of fifty-somethings
2 : a person or thing of consequence
3 : one having more or less the character, qualities, or nature of something different is something of a bore
something else
: something or someone special or extraordinary



Definition of something (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : in some degree : somewhat
2 used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective swears something awful

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Synonyms for something

Synonyms: Adverb

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Examples of something in a Sentence

Pronoun Something came in the mail for you. I thought I heard something outside. He said something that really bothered me. I started to say something but she interrupted me. I have something to tell you. There's something wrong with my car. Something is going on at the school, but I don't know what. “The job doesn't pay very well and the hours are long.” “I think you should look for something better.” “They won't give us an extra week to finish, but they'll give us a couple of days.” “Well, that's something anyway.” She thinks she's really something ever since her promotion. Adverb The total repairs cost something over $300. The movie was something like what I expected.
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First Known Use of something


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


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Something.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of something

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a thing that is not known, named, or specified
: a person or thing that is important or worth noticing
: an amount that is more than a specified number



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

: in a very small amount or degree : somewhat or slightly
informal used before an adjective that is being used like an adverb to add emphasis


some·​thing | \ ˈsəm-thiŋ How to pronounce something (audio) \

Kids Definition of something

1 : a thing that is not known or named We'll have to do something about it.
2 : a thing or amount that is clearly known but not named I have something for you.
3 : somewhat She is something of an expert.

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