sometimes

adverb
some·​times | \ˈsəm-ˌtīmz also (ˌ)səm-ˈtīmz \

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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But curly hair tends to have a mind of its own and sometimes doesn't want to cooperate with your plans for curl domination. Allure, "The 14 Best Gels for Curly Hair," 31 Oct. 2018 However, sometimes finding the perfect caption to go with it can be the hardest part. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "35 Winter Instagram Captions for Your Next Snow Day," 30 Oct. 2018 Originally excavated in the 1960s, Burial 7/I’s remains have been moved to different storage locations and sometimes mishandled, says Roksandic, who examined the skeleton in the late 1990s and is the paper’s co-author. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "When Farmers and Foragers First Met," 24 Oct. 2018 No trip to Kyoto is complete without a visit to Arashiyama Bamboo Forest (sometimes referred to as Sagano Bamboo Forest). Hanya Yanagihara, Condé Nast Traveler, "50 Things to Do in Asia Before You Die," 24 Sep. 2018 Yes, sometimes even Kylie Jenner and Beyoncé have to make a pit stop at their local Walgreens for a re-up on their favorite makeup-removing wipes. Samantha Sasso, refinery29.com, "30 Drugstore Beauty Products The 1% Loves," 12 July 2018 According to other data compiled by HomeArea, residents in smaller towns in the Aurora area sometimes have longer commute times. Staff Report, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora ranked 4th in shortest commute among Illinois cities," 12 July 2018 But sometimes when artists come out and have these big commercial successes that’s not really showing no MC-ing quality, you get put in a box. Billboard, "Chingy Reflects on Debut Album 'Jackpot' 15 Years Later: 'In My Eyes I Made History'," 12 July 2018 From time to time, when the bayou was low, especially daring Houstonians would go on foraging missions that sometimes had deadly consequences. Chris Gray, Houston Chronicle, "Expansive exhibit highlights Houston’s quiet but vital role during Civil War," 11 July 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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More Definitions for sometimes

sometimes

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of sometimes

: at certain times

sometimes

adverb
some·​times | \ˈsəm-ˌtīmz \

Kids Definition of sometimes

: now and then : occasionally Sometimes she walks to work.

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