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sometime

adverb some·time \ ˈsəm-ˌtīm \
|Updated on: 21 Jun 2018

Definition of sometime

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

Examples of sometime in a Sentence

  1. We should get together sometime.

  2. It's likely to happen sometime soon.

  3. She will return from her trip sometime in December.

  4. A burglar broke in sometime during the night.

  5. The book was written sometime around the turn of the century.

Recent Examples of sometime from the Web

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First Known Use of sometime

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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sometime Synonyms

Near Antonyms

ne'er, never, nevermore;

Phrases

at last (or at long last), at length, in the end, in the fullness of time, in time;


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sometime

adjective

Definition of sometime

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

Examples of sometime in a Sentence

  1. a sometime athlete who's gotten awfully fat

Recent Examples of sometime from the Web

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First Known Use of sometime

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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SOMETIME Defined for English Language Learners

sometime

Definition of sometime for English Language Learners

  • : at an unspecified time in the future

  • : at an unspecified or unknown time in the past


sometime

Definition of sometime for English Language Learners

  • —used to say what someone or something was in the past

  • —used to say what someone sometimes does or is


SOMETIME Defined for Kids

sometime

adverb some·time \ ˈsəm-ˌtīm \

Definition of sometime for Students

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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