sometime

adverb
some·​time | \ ˈsəm-ˌtīm How to pronounce sometime (audio) \

Definition of sometime

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 archaic : in the past : formerly
2 archaic : once in a while : occasionally
3 : at some time in the future I'll do it sometime
4 : at some not specified or definitely known point of time sometime last night

sometime

adjective

Definition of sometime (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : having been formerly : former, late
2 : being so occasionally or in only some respects a sometime father

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Examples of sometime in a Sentence

Adverb

We should get together sometime. It's likely to happen sometime soon. She will return from her trip sometime in December. A burglar broke in sometime during the night. The book was written sometime around the turn of the century.

Adjective

a sometime athlete who's gotten awfully fat
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The clock starts ticking this weekend for Congress to reach a deal to raise the federal borrowing limit, or debt ceiling, before the government runs out of money to pay its bills sometime this fall. Kate Davidson, WSJ, "Congress Faces Fall Deadline to Address Debt Ceiling," 1 Mar. 2019 Thrawn: Treason will be available sometime next summer. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Timothy Zahn is writing a new Thrawn novel," 5 Dec. 2018 Fox News has learned that Republicans' tentative plan is to hold a final confirmation vote on Kavanaugh before the full Senate sometime next week. Gregg Re, Fox News, "After tumultuous Kavanaugh hearing, swing-vote senators weigh judge's fate: 'It's a tough one'," 1 Oct. 2018 The South Korean Shinil Group, which discovered the wreck, plans to recover the gold sometime later this year with help from companies in China, Canada, and the U.K. Here's video from the moment the ship was identified. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russian Shipwreck Allegedly Carrying $130 Billion in Gold Has Been Rediscovered," 18 July 2018 Perhaps with this dynamic in mind, the two singers are set to release a joint record, aptly titled MihTy, sometime later this year. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Ty Dolla $ign Isn’t Just a Feature Artist, He’s a Star," 2 July 2018 Flake's apparent cooperation would seemingly leave Senate Democrats still searching for at least one GOP ally to block a nomination to the high court sometime later this year. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "Jeff Flake says he won't stall Supreme Court pick over tariff dispute," 28 June 2018 Perhaps sometime around mid-July 2019, humans could launch into space from Florida again. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Rokot ending, more spaceports, back-to-back Falcon Heavies," 21 Dec. 2018 Of course, Quest won’t release until sometime in 2019 at the earliest while Focus is available now. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "HTC Vive Focus hands-on impressions: No-PC, no-wires VR at a too-steep price," 9 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

There’s his starlet daughter, Ramsey, the sometime lover of Josephine Baker, and his son Montgomery, a World War I hero who steps into the mud pit of Deep South politics. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: The Flavor of the American Century," 15 Feb. 2019 Fried, his sometime nemesis, had become assistant secretary of state for Europe and Eurasia and continued to push vocal American support of Western-leaning governments in former Soviet states, Georgia in particular. Keith Gessen, New York Times, "The Quiet Americans Behind the U.S.-Russia Imbroglio," 8 May 2018 Kathy McKeon served as Jackie Kennedy's personal assistant (and sometime nanny) during a time of great change for the former first lady. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Jackie Kennedy's Personal Assistant Remembers the Day Bobby Kennedy Died," 26 Apr. 2017 The injuries to the couple indicate that Charles Williams, 52, shot his wife and then himself sometime overnight Friday, police said. Katie Park, Philly.com, "West Goshen couple dead in murder-suicide, police say," 4 June 2018 Arias was charged in the 2008 murder of her sometime lover Travis Alexander, who was found stabbed, shot and with his throat slit in the bathroom of his Mesa house. Michael Kiefer, azcentral, "Arizona Appeals Court rules against Jodi Arias' request for court secrecy," 30 May 2018 Lawyers are once again debating the fate of Mumia Abu-Jamal, now 64, the former Black Panther and sometime radio reporter serving a life sentence for the 1981 shooting death of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner. Aubrey Nagle, Philly.com, "Comcast staffers report sexual harassment, Cosby jury explains verdict | Morning Newsletter," 1 May 2018 He's been a real estate agent, owned a liquor store, and invested in buying and developing property with his friend and sometime business partner Randy Schrimsher. Lee Roop, AL.com, "Tommy Battle runs for governor saying he'll sell Alabama as 'a smart place'," 26 Apr. 2018 The principal of Forest Park Elementary School was told of the posting sometime Wednesday, then told a school resource officer and contacted Portland Public Schools security, said Dave Northfield, a school district spokesman. Everton Bailey Jr., OregonLive.com, "Portland school 'slaughterhouse' label on Google leads to extra police presence," 21 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of sometime

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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sometime

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of sometime

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: at an unspecified time in the future
: at an unspecified or unknown time in the past

sometime

adjective

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

formal used to say what someone or something was in the past
US used to say what someone sometimes does or is

sometime

adverb
some·​time | \ ˈsəm-ˌtīm How to pronounce sometime (audio) \

Kids Definition of sometime

1 : at a future time I'll repay you sometime.
2 : at a time not known or not specified It disappeared sometime yesterday.

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