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



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

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 It will likely be reviewed by the FDA’s advisers at meetings on June 21 and 22, and if authorized, be available sometime in early July. ABC News, 23 May 2022 The Food and Drug Administration is planning to hold a meeting of outside advisers sometime in June to consider Moderna’s request for authorization of the use of its vaccine in children 6 months to 5 years old. Peter Loftus, WSJ, 19 May 2022 Ukrainian gunners shelled a Russian air-defense system in eastern Ukraine probably sometime in the past couple of days. David Axe, Forbes, 18 May 2022 While their friends failed at playing matchmaker, the pair did follow each other on Instagram sometime in 2016 — and Jonas ended up sliding into Turner's DMs. Alex Gurley,, 13 May 2022 The heyday for these shell companies, which aimed to raise money, typically by the hundreds of millions, for pools that promised only to merge with another as-yet unidentified company sometime in the near future, seems to have passed. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2022 One of these new messages will be sent from the world’s largest radio telescope, in China, sometime in 2023. Chris Impey, The Conversation, 29 Apr. 2022 Alaska Air Group, parent company of Alaska Airlines, is planning to transition from turboprop planes to full-jet aircraft for its Horizon Air services sometime in 2023. oregonlive, 19 Apr. 2022 The ancient comet is expected to pass that close to the Earth sometime in 2031. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 14 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Some history: In 2001, in the city of Durham, N.C., Michael Peterson, a writer and sometime political candidate, either did or did not kill his wife, Kathleen, who either fell down a flight or stairs or was beaten to death at its foot. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 5 May 2022 Harvard law professor Adrian Vermeule and his sometime co-author, University of Liverpool law professor Conor Casey, recently responded to my draft article, as did another supporter of Vermeule’s theory, lawyer and blogger Pat Smith. J. Joel Alicea, National Review, 3 May 2022 When cases are uncovered, entire buildings and sometime neighborhoods are locked down. Ken Moritsugu, ajc, 29 Apr. 2022 My grandfather was a sometime barber; an occasional dog trainer for hunters. April Reynolds, Bon Appétit, 12 Apr. 2022 Flute, the autobiography of the late Richard Adeney, sometime principal flute player of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, also comes to mind. Simon Callow, The New York Review of Books, 6 Apr. 2022 The roof caved in sometime Sunday afternoon, Leith said. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Dec. 2021 An author and sometime war correspondent, Levin encountered the diary after it was published in Europe following Frank’s death in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Washington Post, 25 Jan. 2022 The rapper-producer would instead be sharing the night with Drake, his sometime rival/occasional collaborator, and a relationship strained through years of minor slights and insults, right up to the release of their new albums this summer. Steve Appleford, Variety, 10 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of sometime


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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something or other


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25 May 2022

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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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