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 man climbed onto the metal fence sometime before 10:20 a.m. Several San Jose police officers arrived to overpass and attempted to coax the man down, according to one witness. Robert Salonga, The Mercury News, "San Jose: Man killed after jumping off overpass onto Highway 101," 4 June 2019 Several had lost teeth sometime before their death. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Medieval dental plaque sheds light on how our microbiomes have changed," 25 Nov. 2018 In any event, Microsoft will almost certainly try to talk up the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, which, as the name suggests, is scheduled for a release sometime in October. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft announces October 2 event: New Surface devices inbound?," 7 Sep. 2018 Someone entered two unlocked automobiles parked on the 4000 block of Fairway Drive sometime before 2 a.m. July 10 and took a backpack from one of them. Kathy Routliffe, chicagotribune.com, "Wilmette police blotter: Man charged with cocaine possession at Gillson Beach," 13 July 2018 Officially, the streaming service hasn't announced a premiere date for the second season, but Reitman tells GoodHousekeeping.com to expect Season 2 of Workin' Moms to come to Netflix sometime in April 2019. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "We Have to Wait HOW Long for More 'Workin' Moms' on Netflix?," 7 Mar. 2019 Rats first came to the Galápagos along with pirates or whalers sometime in the 17th or 18th century. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Drones Are Dropping Poison on Rats in the Galápagos," 24 Jan. 2019 The multiyear research program will launch sometime in 2019, J&J said. Kimberly Chin, WSJ, "Johnson & Johnson to Use Apple Watch App for Heart-Health Study," 17 Jan. 2019 Look for the chips to launch sometime in the middle of the year. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "6 important CES 2019 reveals and trends that PC enthusiasts need to know about," 11 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

What researchers have come to realize is that sometime millions of years ago, part of a retrovirus genome inserted itself into its host’s DNA, and that sequence was then passed on to countless generations of offspring. Quanta Magazine, "Cells Talk in a Language That Looks Like Viruses," 2 May 2018 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

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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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