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



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


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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Answering the tough questions: The public often (well, sometimes) look to its lawmakers for direction and transparent answers in times of crisis. Seth A. Richardson,, "Trump promotes fracking at Pennsylvania cracker plant: The Flyover," 14 Aug. 2019 These people not only need places to work but to eat, drink, live, and even sometimes play. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China's Troubled Aircraft Carrier Proves Why It's So Hard To Build Them," 14 Aug. 2019 Daily blood transfusions are sometimes needed as well. Leah Hall, Country Living, "Fact or Fiction: Are Vampires Real?," 14 Aug. 2019 With fortuitous timing, The Handmaid's Tale appears to be riding the political wave and, sometimes, becoming part of it. Teghan Simonton, USA Today, "The Handmaid's Tale rides the political wave around women's rights — and contributes.," 13 Aug. 2019 The area, once full of giraffes, zebras, and rhinos, is now divided into cattle ranches sometimes reaching 40,000 hectares—about 10,000 U.S. football fields—in size. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "The best way to help cows and zebras? Make them live together," 13 Aug. 2019 He—and sometimes, shamefully, the media that covered his activities—trafficked in euphemism, disguising the horrors he was accused of in slippery forms of storytelling. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "‘Epstein Is Gone, but Justice Must Still Be Served’," 10 Aug. 2019 People want to stay and talk afterward, sometimes for an hour, two hours. Ben Crandell,, "Can Zack Gottsagen, a Boynton Beach actor with Down syndrome, change Hollywood?," 7 Aug. 2019 Cristela Alonzo, an activist and popular comedian, from McAllen, Texas sometimes has shows in El Paso. Adrian Carrasquillo, The New Republic, "El Paso Has Exposed the Ugly Reality of the “Immigration Debate”," 5 Aug. 2019

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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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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not constant or steady

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