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some·​times ˈsəm-ˌtīmz How to pronounce sometimes (audio)
 also  (ˌ)səm-ˈtīmz
: at times : 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.
Recent Examples on the Web
In a study that included 113 million people in all four US Census regions, researchers found that since the reversal, both vasectomies and tubal ligations — sometimes called having your tubes tied — increased significantly in people ages 18 to 30. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, 12 Apr. 2024 Garland’s characters are constantly caught between the throes of evolution or death, and sometimes both. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Apr. 2024 The employees said the company often recruited young, thin, white women, who were sometimes even shopping as customers, to work in their stores. Cady Lang, TIME, 12 Apr. 2024 This might explain why Albers’s prints are sometimes deemed tamer than her textiles. Jackson Arn, The New Yorker, 12 Apr. 2024 However, all 50 states are home to other National Park Service units, like national battlefields and seashores, which are sometimes called parks. Eve Chen, USA TODAY, 31 Mar. 2024 On the other hand, sometimes deficiencies and underlying conditions can warrant higher supplementation dosing. Jenny Friedman, Ms, Parents, 31 Mar. 2024 The spread of White Christian nationalism has flooded social media feeds with images of the traditional White Jesus, sometimes adorned with a red MAGA hat. John Blake, CNN, 31 Mar. 2024 San Diego sometimes struggles to flag when shelter space is available as the city and housing commission oversee separate networks. Blake Nelson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Mar. 2024
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. Monique Judge, The Root, 8 June 2017 Sometimes restaurants open quietly and fly under the radar. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, 1 Feb. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1593, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sometimes was in the 14th century

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“Sometimes.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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: at times : now and then : occasionally
speaks sometimes very fast

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