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

Definition of somewhere

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 betweensomewhere 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 If one wall is often drenched in sunlight, try to put the TV somewhere else. Tim Mckeough New York Times, Star Tribune, "It's time for a better TV room," 15 Jan. 2021 The difference, of course, is that forcing a customer to buy a cake somewhere else doesn’t preclude their ability to participate in the entire digital marketplace. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, "The Parler problem shows just how much the US has outsourced free speech protections," 13 Jan. 2021 Others in our delegation looked upon the truculent denialism of the maskless and decided to take their chances somewhere else. Yvonne Abraham,, "Suddenly, the party that broke the country wants unity," 13 Jan. 2021 Most people in the city are originally from somewhere else, but Mahmut has tried hard to forget this. Yasmine Seale, Harpers Magazine, "Slow Burn," 5 Jan. 2021 Watching Patiño blossom somewhere else would sting like lemon juice soaking a cut, but hardly fatal in the grander scheme. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Padres adding Blake Snell, possibly Yu Darvish, shows relentless effort to win," 28 Dec. 2020 Although the city has agreed to build smaller courts somewhere else, many people in the community feel Black residents have been shortchanged. Lisa J. Huriash,, "Cussing cost the community its basketball courts, but Black residents cry foul," 26 Dec. 2020 Everyone in America except for indigenous people came from somewhere else by choice or force. Tyler Aquilina,, "Celebrities slam Golden Globes for classifying American-made Minari as a foreign language film," 23 Dec. 2020 Those major studies are really illustrative of how there’s rarely a problem in biomedicine these days where genomics isn’t somewhere in there playing a role. Megan Molteni, Wired, "30 Years Since the Human Genome Project Began, What’s Next?," 30 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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20 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Somewhere.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 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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