some·​times | \ ˈsəm-ˌtīmz How to pronounce sometimes (audio) also (ˌ)səm-ˈtīmz \

Definition of sometimes

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: at times : now and then : occasionally



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Examples of sometimes in a Sentence

Adverb His jokes are funny, but sometimes he goes too far. Sometimes I take the bus to work. We all make mistakes sometimes. She works nine hours a day, sometimes more than that. The word is sometimes used figuratively.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb So children older than about one year of age might be in a sweet spot between infants, whose immune system has not yet fully kicked in, and adults, whose defenses are sometimes overzealous. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "Babies’ Mysterious Resilience to Coronavirus Intrigues Scientists," 14 July 2020 However, fabric face masks can make communication difficult, and sometimes even impossible, for anyone who is deaf or hard of hearing. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, "These Top-Rated Clear Face Masks Allow Others to Read Your Lips While Staying Safe," 13 July 2020 Looking into people’s faces sometimes helped to orient them. Annalee Newitz,, "‘I’m with Muni — how can I help?’ Annalee Newitz’s short fiction imagines a new kind of social support system in SF," 12 July 2020 If a character falls in battle, they will either be arrested (if fighting against authorities like authoritarian security force Albion), or sometimes killed (permanently if permadeath is turned on in the settings). Elise Favis, Washington Post, "Playing as an elderly woman in ‘Watch Dogs: Legion’ brings thrills, danger and laughs," 12 July 2020 Her willingness to offer up so much access to herself, though, sometimes feels like a similar impulse. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Radical Exposure of Amy Schumer," 12 July 2020 City first responders who test positive for COVID-19 are off-duty for at least 10 days, sometimes 14, from the date of the test. Sasha Hupka, The Arizona Republic, "As emergency COVID-19 calls skyrocket, first responders are feeling the impacts," 11 July 2020 Baldwin said rural states sometimes alsolack doctors that specialize in certain fields that could impact teen birth rates. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "Teen birth rates decline another year, CDC report finds, but Black and Hispanic rates see less significant change," 11 July 2020 In meetings or e-mails, senior managers sometimes used Antoine while colleagues used Mohamed. Aurelien Breeden,, "For 20 years, his firm called him Antoine. Now Mohamed is suing.," 11 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Sometimes Caption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. William D. Cohan,, "The Mooch Is Dead! Long Live the Mooch!," 31 July 2017 Sometimes students are grouped together based on skill level, and sometimes based on their interests, Lopez said. Lee V. Gaines,, "District 64 administrators highlight student growth through teaching strategies," 30 June 2017 Sometimes disruption takes the form of alerting a person who is targeted for recruitment or influence by the foreign power. Leada Gore,, "James Comey statement: Read former FBI chief detail meetings with Trump over Russia," 8 June 2017 Sometimes disruption takes the form of alerting a person who is targeted for recruitment or influence by the foreign power. Monique Judge, The Root, "James Comey’s Statement to the Senate Intelligence Committee Is the Most Epic Dry-Snitch of All Time," 8 June 2017 Sometimes restaurants open quietly and fly under the radar. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Hidden gems: 8 restaurants that may have flown under your radar," 1 Feb. 2017 Sometimes disruption takes the form of alerting a person who is targeted for recruitment or influence by the foreign power. Chelsea Bailey, NBC News, "Read James Comey’s Opening Statement Ahead of His Testimony," 7 June 2017

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First Known Use of sometimes


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1593, in the meaning defined above

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

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25 Jul 2020

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“Sometimes.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce sometimes (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of sometimes

: at certain times


some·​times | \ ˈsəm-ˌtīmz How to pronounce sometimes (audio) \

Kids Definition of sometimes

: now and then : occasionally Sometimes she walks to work.

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