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

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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 New Year falls on the date of the New Moon closest to the beginning of spring, always sometime between January 21 and February 21. Erika W. Smith, refinery29.com, "What The Year Of The Rat Means & How To Celebrate It," 27 Jan. 2020 The victims suspect the damage occurred sometime between 2:45 a.m. Jan. 19 and the time of the discovery. Brian Lisik, cleveland, "Woman arrested for drunken driving after getting stuck leaving Taco Bell drive-thru: Brunswick Police Blotter," 20 Jan. 2020 It was put back into commission in the mouth of the Port Royal Sound off the coast of South Carolina and stood its ground for a while until sometime after Hurricane Dorian in 2019, when the buoy was forced off its mooring again. Washington Post, "Correction: Big Buoy story," 2 Jan. 2020 The initial closure was due to a crash that occurred along southbound I-71/75 sometime before 12:45 p.m. Two lanes sat for hours at a standstill along Third Street towards the I-71/75 exit, as seen from the Enquirer building. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Traffic: All lanes have reopened on Brent Spence Bridge," 8 Dec. 2019 The first snow that sticks generally falls sometime between Nov. 10 and 20, Doll said. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage likely to get more ice than snow as storm crosses Southcentral Alaska," 13 Nov. 2019 According to the studio, the film won’t be distributed in the US until sometime in 2020. Wired, "Netflix's ‘Unnatural Selection’ Trailer Makes Crispr Personal," 4 Oct. 2019 Some of that dust from one or more stars, according to the study, fell to Earth sometime in the last 20 million years. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "Researchers found supernova dust in snow from Antarctica and it could be 20 million years old," 20 Aug. 2019 Design work for the station would begin finished by sometime in 2021, said Matthew Spronz, Jackson’s director of capital projects. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "Cleveland City Council approves plan to build new police headquarters on the Opportunity Corridor," 28 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective This kind of meta humor is the lifeblood of The New Pope, its sometime absurdity often excused by the addition of a note of the surreal. Philippa Snow, The New Republic, "The New Pope’s Tireless Commitment to Transgression," 23 Jan. 2020 Arias, who is now 39, was sentenced to life in prison in 2015 for murdering her sometime boyfriend Travis Alexander in his Mesa home. Anne Ryman, azcentral, "Jodi Arias attorneys argue for a new trial, blame prosecutor Juan Martinez," 17 Oct. 2019 Arias, who is now 39, was sentenced to life in prison in 2015 for murdering her sometime boyfriend Travis Alexander in his Mesa home. Anne Ryman, azcentral, "Jodi Arias attorneys argue for a new trial, blame prosecutor Juan Martinez," 17 Oct. 2019 The Democratic Unionist Party, Johnson's sometime allies from Northern Ireland, were the first to withdraw their support. Alexander Smith, NBC News, "Why Boris Johnson's Brexit deal doesn't mean the end for Brexit," 18 Oct. 2019 Arias, who is now 39, was sentenced to life in prison in 2015 for murdering her sometime boyfriend Travis Alexander in his Mesa home. Anne Ryman, azcentral, "Jodi Arias attorneys argue for a new trial, blame prosecutor Juan Martinez," 17 Oct. 2019 Soon after that money drop, Koslow left for Europe on a family vacation, but had promised to turn the money over to a client and sometime lover who ran a Hollywood school catering to the Russian community. Susannah Bryan, sun-sentinel.com, "Star witness called ‘Rooster’ by FBI testifies against ex-mayor in corruption trial," 20 Nov. 2019 Arias, who is now 39, was sentenced to life in prison in 2015 for murdering her sometime boyfriend Travis Alexander in his Mesa home. Anne Ryman, azcentral, "Jodi Arias attorneys argue for a new trial, blame prosecutor Juan Martinez," 17 Oct. 2019 The Stonewall has also become a sometime political campaign stop. CBS News, "Stonewall Inn's march from illicit dive to national monument," 27 June 2019

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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

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

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14 Feb 2020

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“Sometime.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sometime. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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sometime

adverb
How to pronounce sometime (audio)

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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