sometime

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

Definition of sometime

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

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

Keep scrolling for more

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
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Politico reported on Thursday that Biden may visit Wisconsin sometime after Labor Day. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kenosha updates: Shackles removed from Jacob Blake, officers leave hospital room," 28 Aug. 2020 This historic second impeachment trial of Donald Trump is set to end with a likely acquittal sometime this weekend, as the former Republican president’s defense lawyers wrapped up their case Friday. Tim Darnell, ajc, "Closing arguments conclude in Trump’s second impeachment trial," 13 Feb. 2021 Her release this year was widely expected as a Saudi judge suspended two years and 10 months of her sentence and gave her credit for time already served, putting her release date sometime in March. Greg Norman, Fox News, "Saudi women's rights activist freed after being 'forced to kiss, perform sex acts' on prison interrogators," 12 Feb. 2021 According to legend, sometime in the 1960s, Ohio resident Gail Tabor invented buckeyes while trying to dip peanut butter balls in chocolate. Lisa Ruland, Bon Appétit, "If You Love Reese's, You'll Go Wild For Buckeyes," 12 Feb. 2021 Reedy reached the Class 5A Region II final in 2019, but star senior pitcher/third baseman Micaela Wark (a Kansas signee) is recovering from a knee injury and may not return until sometime in March. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "2021 Dallas area softball preview: Preseason all-area awards, storylines to know, players and teams to watch," 11 Feb. 2021 State officials now anticipate the big boost will help open up vaccinations to the general public by sometime in July. Tim Gruver, Washington Examiner, "'Chaos and confusion': Oregon officials tell seniors to brace for vaccination bottlenecks," 8 Feb. 2021 The savory king cake lost its shock value sometime back when boudin king cakes became standard grocery store items. Ian Mcnulty, NOLA.com, "Here are 16 king cakes to lift New Orleans spirits through this strange Mardi Gras," 8 Feb. 2021 Sadly, that pizza has gone on hiatus at least until sometime this spring. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, "5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this week," 5 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Two decades ago, Hunt, a 37-year-old sometime Shakespearean actor, had spread misinformation around the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Elizabeth Williamson New York Times, Star Tribune, "Rioters followed a long conspiratorial road to the Capitol," 27 Jan. 2021 They're supposed to go on sale sometime mid-year at an undisclosed price. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Lenovo unveils smartglasses that project your Windows desktop screen in midair," 10 Jan. 2021 As if this were not enough, a chance encounter with a former roommate leads Nessa to reestablish contact with Stuart Harkin, a sometime lover of hers from that period, and Stuart’s now grown son, Luke. Claire Messud, Harpers Magazine, "New Books," 5 Jan. 2021 In the wake of the Great Recession, and the flowering of alternate musical media, new CDs now are a more sometime thing. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Why I can’t get rid of my CDs," 29 Dec. 2020 Among them was her on-again, off-again husband, Jeff Gillooly, and her sometime bodyguard, Shawn Eckardt. Gene Myers, Detroit Free Press, "How Benny Napoleon helped crack 'The Whack Heard 'Round the World' of Nancy Kerrigan," 18 Dec. 2020 Along with his sometime collaborator Ozuna, Sech has become one of the most visible Afro-Latinos in reggaeton — and critics say his Panamanian roots evoke reggaeton’s early influences. Washington Post, "Reggaeton needed a racial reckoning. Afro-Latinos are leading it.," 23 Nov. 2020 It’s an approach shared by Funimation’s anime distribution competitor and sometime-collaborator, Crunchyroll. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "There’s Something Super Weird About Netflix Anime," 12 Nov. 2020 In the high-stakes tech fight, TSMC had been playing Finland: a sometime friend to both feuding giants. Raymond Zhong, New York Times, "In U.S.-China Tech Feud, Taiwan Feels Heat From Both Sides," 1 Oct. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'sometime.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of sometime

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about sometime

Time Traveler for sometime

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Statistics for sometime

Last Updated

2 Mar 2021

Cite this Entry

“Sometime.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sometime. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for sometime

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.

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on sometime

What made you want to look up sometime? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Who Knew?

How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!