\ ˈsəch How to pronounce such (audio) , ˈsich \

Definition of such

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : of a kind or character to be indicated or suggested a bag such as a doctor carries
b : having a quality to a degree to be indicated his excitement was such that he shouted
2 : of the character, quality, or extent previously indicated or implied in the past few years many such women have shifted to full-time jobs
3 : of so extreme a degree or quality never heard such a hubbub
4 : of the same class, type, or sort other such clinics throughout the state
5 : not specified



Definition of such (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : such a person or thing
2 : someone or something stated, implied, or exemplified such was the result
3 : someone or something similar : similar persons or things tin and glass and such
as such
: intrinsically considered : in itself as such the gift was worth little



Definition of such (Entry 3 of 3)

1a : to such a degree : so such tall buildings such a fine person
b : very, especially hasn't been in such good spirits lately
2 : in such a way related such that each excludes the other

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Can such be used as a pronoun?: Usage Guide


For reasons that are hard to understand, commentators on usage disapprove of such used as a pronoun. Dictionaries, however, recognize it as standard; all of the citations upon which our definitions of this word are based are clearly standard.

Examples of such in a Sentence

Adjective She has published her first sci-fi novel and hopes to write more such novels. No such agreement was made. The magazine publishes articles about such varied subjects as astronomy, politics, and gardening. I've never heard of such a thing! Pronoun It is a serious problem and should be treated as such. If such is the decision, nothing further should be done. Adverb I have never seen such a large cat! I had such a bad headache that I couldn't think straight.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The lastest numbers are the most since the FBI began tracking such checks in 1998. Fox News, "Gun background checks hit record high in June, a sign of booming sales, FBI reveals," 2 July 2020 At the Westport Road Home Depot, however, store manager Joe Autry said the company was trying to avoid such incidents with the new policy, which is still being hashed out. Alfred Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Home Depot bans some rope sales after nooses were found tied on store spools," 2 July 2020 The department began taking such actions one day after the order was put in place. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, "Do all Arizona bars have to close? 6 questions answered about Ducey's new executive order," 2 July 2020 Supporters of defunding say such steps aren’t enough. Sidney Fussell, Wired, "What Disbanding the Police Really Meant in Camden, New Jersey," 1 July 2020 Tesla appears to never have issued such notification. Los Angeles Times, "Tesla battery cooling system is subject of federal safety probe," 1 July 2020 The state also added a new step for those who have topped out on their pay scale, the first such addition in more than a decade. oregonlive, "Oregon lawmakers urge action on budget, as Gov. Kate Brown waits on Congress," 1 July 2020 Mortgage lenders and insurers also continue to finance and write policies for such properties without adequately accounting for flood risk. Daniel Cusick, Scientific American, "FEMA Flood Maps Miss Risk to Millions of Homes," 1 July 2020 Plus, new ways to quickly call 911 on your phone How effective are such bans? Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "New cellphone driving laws go into effect Wednesday in Idaho, Indiana and South Dakota. How effective are similar bans in other states?," 1 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb These irresponsible journalists should try such worthwhile exercises rather than squander their talents on Trump hatred and national division. Deroy Murdock, National Review, "The Media’s China Syndrome," 20 Mar. 2020 To support such resource-intensive work, in 2003 Banerjee, Duflo, and a colleague founded the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), a network of nearly 200 researchers performing such randomized controlled experiments in economics. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Economics Nobel honors trio taking an experimental approach to fighting poverty," 14 Oct. 2019 Thankful to work around such talented & caring people. CBS News, "ESPN's Shelley Smith hospitalized after health scare in Warriors locker room," 15 May 2017 Thankful to work around such talented & caring people, Janie Mccauley, The Seattle Times, "ESPN’s Shelley Smith having tests after scare at Warriors," 14 May 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'such.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of such


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for such


Middle English, from Old English swilc; akin to Old High German sulīh such, Old English swā so, gelīk like — more at so, like

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The first known use of such was before the 12th century

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4 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Such.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/such. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of such

 (Entry 1 of 3)

used to say that something is great in degree, quality, or number
used to say that something has a quality that results in something specified
: of the kind specified



English Language Learners Definition of such (Entry 2 of 3)

somewhat formal
: that kind or type of person or thing
: something previously stated or specified



English Language Learners Definition of such (Entry 3 of 3)

somewhat informal used to make a description more forceful
: to the degree that is specified or understood
\ ˈsəch How to pronounce such (audio) \

Kids Definition of such

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of a kind just specified or to be specified “It's classified information, until such time as the Ministry decides to release it” …— J. K. Rowling, Goblet of Fire
2 : of the same class, type, or sort : similar We've opened three such stores.
3 : so great : so remarkable I've never seen such a crowd.



Kids Definition of such (Entry 2 of 2)

: that sort of person, thing, or group boards and nails and such

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