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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Synonyms for sometimes

Synonyms: Adverb

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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 Indeed, sometimes rebalancing can mean missing out on big returns. Simon Constable, WSJ, 6 June 2021 Participants learn from each other, finding friends for sober activities, learning tips and tricks for fighting urges, developing the mental tools necessary to outsmart cravings and sometimes just feeling understood. oregonlive, 6 June 2021 The two Orlando residents, who met via their barber and now sometimes travel together for the thrill of wildlife photography, often make the trip down to the Gulf Coast several times a month. Ciarra Luster,, 6 June 2021 Symptoms of avian flu include fever, cough, sore throat and sometimes severe respiratory diseases and pneumonia. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 6 June 2021 The sheet pans that most home cooks use, sometimes referred to as a half-sheet pan or rimmed baking sheet, measure 18-by-13 inches with a 1-inch rim. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, 6 June 2021 Institutional memory fades sometimes after the bullets stop flying. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 June 2021 Fann wrote back frequently, and sometimes within minutes, to her Prescott area constituents and others who contacted her, weighing in on issues from technical questions about the audit to far-fetched conspiracy theories. Ryan Randazzo, The Arizona Republic, 6 June 2021 The Milwaukee Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression is pushing for the bodycam video because other cities sometimes release footage of fatal police shootings within hours of the shooting, said Omar Flores, the group's co-chair. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Sometimes Caption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. William D. Cohan,, 31 July 2017 Sometimes students are grouped together based on skill level, and sometimes based on their interests, Lopez said. Lee V. Gaines,, 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,, 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, 8 June 2017 Sometimes restaurants open quietly and fly under the radar. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, 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, 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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8 Jun 2021

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“Sometimes.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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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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