sometimes

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

Definition of sometimes

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: at times : now and then : occasionally

sometimes

adjective

Definition of sometimes (Entry 2 of 2)

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Synonyms for sometimes

Synonyms: Adverb

here and there, now, 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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In turn, the shifting weeklong Lunar New Year holiday makes year-over-year comparisons of economic data in January, February and sometimes even March tricky. ... Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "China’s Amazing Collapsing Exports," 8 Mar. 2019 Your body normally releases chemicals into the bloodstream to fight an infection like this, but in sepsis, those chemicals actually trigger a response that can damage organ systems and dangerously lower blood pressure — sometimes fatally. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Here's Why It's Taking Whoopi Goldberg Weeks to Recover From Pneumonia, According to Doctors," 8 Mar. 2019 Donors sometimes use limited liability corporations, or LLCs, to make contributions. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Reid Hoffman is learning an early rule of being a megadonor: It’s hard to keep track of your money," 26 Dec. 2018 And sometimes, if the roots happen to still be in tact, they can even be replanted. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About Recycling Your Christmas Tree," 20 Dec. 2018 Selena has been vocal about her mental wellbeing in the past few years, sometimes taking breaks from the public eye or even social media to help cope. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Selena Gomez and Julia Michaels Get Real About Anxiety in a Candid New Song," 24 Jan. 2019 Specifically, the windows and charging plug sometimes get stuck. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, "Why so many people think Elon Musk is a hero — or a villain," 30 Nov. 2018 Acer Acer chose to incorporate a push-to-open webcam, which can sometimes be of limited utility. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Acer's new Swift 7 ultra-thin PC is even smaller, but adds Thunderbolt, Amber Lake and a clickpad," 6 Jan. 2019 The possibility of imminent danger, however small, poses a complex challenge for school administrators, who must sometimes make critical decisions within seconds. John Woodrow Cox, The Seattle Times, "Numerous school lockdowns are traumatizing the nation’s children," 26 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Sometimes Caption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. William D. Cohan, vanityfair.com, "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, chicagotribune.com, "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, AL.com, "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

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

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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sometimes

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of sometimes

: at certain times

sometimes

adverb
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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