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

Definition of sometimes

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: at times : now and then : occasionally



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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


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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The WhaleShark and KingFish, huge pieces of equipment sometimes called jackup barges, are aboard the Red Zed 11 ship which departed from Al Jazeera Port in Ras al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates, on Tuesday. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Politics led Dallas-owned offshore oil equipment out of Middle East to work in renewable energy," 3 July 2019 But her latest post tackles another topic: how sometimes her messages are taken the wrong way. Christina Oehler,, "Influencer Flaunts Her Booty to Prove That Not Every Bikini Photo Is Meant to Be Sexual," 2 July 2019 By vaporizing a small sample of a substance and then separating the different compounds in the gas, GC/MS can tell you—at a sometimes dizzying level of detail—what something is made of. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Neanderthals glued their tools together," 2 July 2019 The author’s narration sometimes seems more like extended captions than like literature, but it’s Arnade’s photos that do much of the talking. Marlo Safi, National Review, "A Raw Look at the New ‘Other Half’," 29 June 2019 There's always the feeling that Sama is drawing on personal memories, whether of the sometimes striking performance art pieces or the often awful but aggressively energetic songs that are so crucial to the film. Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter, "'This Is Not Berlin' ('Esto no es Berlin'): Film Review," 29 June 2019 Dig deep to identify the real issue (sometimes what seems like an issue is only a symptom) then ask everyone on the team to discuss their perspective. Tom Cooney And Crystal Faulkner,, "BusinessWise: Healthy conflict can improve meeting engagement in workplace," 27 June 2019 There were tears, sometimes from them, and at other times from me. Katy Sian, Quartz, "“Liberal racism” continues to plague Britain’s universities," 27 June 2019 Authorities and construction crews were evicting residents and business owners with a mere two weeks’ notice, sometimes not even bothering to alert store owners before taking hammers to doors and windows. Noelle Mateer, Curbed, "Confronting change in Beijing’s historic hutong alleyways," 27 June 2019

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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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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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