some·​where | \ ˈsəm-ˌ(h)wer How to pronounce somewhere (audio) , -(ˌ)(h)wər \

Definition of somewhere

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1 : in, at, from, or to a place unknown or unspecified mentions it somewhere
2 : to a place symbolizing positive accomplishment or progress now we're getting somewhere
3 : in the vicinity of : approximately usually used with about, around, or between somewhere about nine o'clockcosts somewhere around ten dollars



Definition of somewhere (Entry 2 of 2)

: an undetermined or unnamed place

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Synonyms for somewhere

Synonyms: Adverb

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Examples of somewhere in a Sentence

Adverb The boy ran off somewhere. She lives somewhere in the city. I've seen you somewhere before. His house must be around here somewhere. Do you want to go somewhere else? Noun We looked for somewhere to park the car. I know somewhere nice where we can eat.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The cultivator’s Mason jar is a cross between a petri dish and a terrarium, somewhere between fermentation and the caretaking of house plants and pets, ingeniously simplified. Joanna Steinhardt, Wired, "Hackers, Mason Jars, and the Psychedelic Science of DIY Shrooms," 12 Feb. 2021 But the athleisure-meets-suiting combination gives off a casual-chic vibe, somewhere between a borrowed-from-the-boys and a model-off-duty look. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Relaxed Luxe: Why a Hoodie and Blazer Should Be Your Next Go-To Style Pairing," 26 Jan. 2021 The 6-foot, 203-pound ball-carrier, out of Morse High School (San Diego, California), indicated Oregon was somewhere between a longshot and a serious contender, but had ground to make up to truly enter the mix. oregonlive, "Byron Cardwell, nation’s No. 8 running back, nearing decision; Oregon Ducks making strong push," 15 Jan. 2021 Like most things in the sport, the reality probably lies somewhere between the extremes. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "What is the Stars’ response after their run to the Stanley Cup Final?," 1 Jan. 2021 Then-coach Dave Lewis was somewhere between hapless and overmatched. Globe Staff,, "Literally and figuratively, Zdeno Chara was a giant gift to Bruins fans," 1 Jan. 2021 If there exists a compensation package for a former first-round quarterback that lands somewhere between nine-figure golden handcuffs and bus fare out of town, N.F.L. front offices have yet to discover it. New York Times, "Quarterback Keeper? Jets, Browns and Bears Face Contract Decisions," 30 Dec. 2020 The resulting full-wall shelf system (inspired by one at the Soho House) set the tone for the rest of the house: collected yet elegant, eclectic yet orderly, and somewhere between modern and traditional. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "How Marissa Bero Turned This Cold Apartment Into an Inviting Home," 29 Dec. 2020 The odds of having such a reaction appear to be somewhere between winning the Powerball Lottery and Notre Dame blowing out Alabama. Ike Morgan |, al, "Down in Alabama: Auburn hiring; Bama/Wuhan investigation; Rebecca Luker," 24 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For many migrants, the challenge has been to find somewhere to shelter in place safely, and then sustaining themselves for an extended, and still undetermined, amount of time. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "More migrants giving up asylum claims as pandemic shuts down processing at border," 11 May 2020 Reich envisions letting Nix lead the way for his two-headed monster at running back on somewhere between 10-20% offensive plays next season. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Colts outfitted Frank Reich with new weapons. Here's how he's going to use them.," 4 May 2020 Oil traders are on a desperate quest to find somewhere -- anywhere, really -- to store their crude as tanks from Texas to Siberia fill to capacity. Kevin Crowley, Fortune, "How the oil rout could bust U.S. shale patch and end Trump’s ‘American Energy Dominance’," 22 Apr. 2020 Groups of teens were still walking the premises of Northgate Mall property at 9 p.m. Some could be seen crossing Colerain Avenue between the McDonald's and Chick-fil-A, trying to find somewhere to be. Madeline Mitchell,, "'This was a blitz of hundreds of kids.' Northgate Mall closes after teens show up after curfew," 27 Dec. 2019 Quite a few who grew for fiber this year are struggling to find somewhere for their hemp to land. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "Inside the 'wild wild west' of Indiana's first major hemp harvest," 16 Oct. 2019 For author and owner Vincent McCaffrey, re-opening sometime, somewhere was always the plan., "Most read on," 20 Sep. 2019 Please stop giving viruses on their laptops trying to find somewhere to watch these 3pm games., "Filling 90min's 'Room 101' With the Worst Things Football Has to Offer," 1 Oct. 2019 The weather somewhere else Take a look at a weather map before the meal starts and find somewhere that usually gets a lot of snow that is expected to get a lot of snow. oregonlive, "7 topics that are safe to discuss at Thanksgiving dinner," 27 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of somewhere


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1647, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of somewhere was in the 13th century

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25 Feb 2021

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“Somewhere.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of somewhere

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: in, at, or to a place not known, named, or specified
: close to a specified number, time, or amount



English Language Learners Definition of somewhere (Entry 2 of 2)

: a place not known, named, or specified


some·​where | \ ˈsəm-ˌhwer How to pronounce somewhere (audio) , -ˌwer \

Kids Definition of somewhere

1 : in, at, or to a place not known or named The boy ran off somewhere.
2 : rather close to They arrived somewhere around two o'clock.

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