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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Reno brings some much needed levity to Discovery put still has awhile to go to get fully integrated with the crew, and Tilly and Stamets sometimes feel like—too much. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "'Star Trek: Discovery' Is All About Friendship and Death This Week," 8 Feb. 2019 The game has garnered critical praise from the gaming press alongside those astronomical sales figures, though our review, while favorable on the whole, noted that its narrative and open-world design can sometimes feel at odds with each other. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "Dealmaster: A PS4 and Red Dead Redemption 2 for $199 may be the best deal of Cyber Monday [Updated]," 26 Nov. 2018 Vegetarians, for example, have to question pretty much every food served and will sometimes opt for a side dish, dessert, or nothing at all when grabbing a quick bite to-go. Sophia Caraballo, Woman's Day, "10 Fast-Food Options for Vegetarians," 17 Apr. 2019 Further Reading Waymo’s ambitious plans for high-speed taxis could be holding it back Richardson also said Waymo cars sometimes seemed to plan routes that allowed them to avoid tricky situations like unprotected left turns or freeway driving. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "We finally talked to an actual Waymo passenger—here’s what he told us," 13 Dec. 2018 Parades usually take place, and sometimes, there is a reenactment of the Battle of Puebla. Jamie Ballard, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Cinco de Mayo and Why Do People Celebrate It?," 9 Apr. 2019 But the natural North Atlantic Oscillation sometimes is like jumping down a few steps or jumping up a few steps. Seth Borenstein, The Seattle Times, "Big U-turn: Key melting Greenland glacier is growing again," 27 Mar. 2019 While every festival has different requirements, the basis is to provide airfare, lodging, credentials, and sometimes a stipend to critics who qualify. Valerie Complex, Harper's BAZAAR, "Brie Larson Wants Captain Marvel to Change the Film Industry," 25 Mar. 2019 Select a range of simple yet elegant glasses and plates with unexpected details in warm metallics that offer an updated alternative to the classic (but sometimes chilly) midcentury chrome. Heather Corcoran, ELLE Decor, "How to Bring Old Hollywood Into Your Home," 19 Mar. 2019

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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