such

adjective
\ 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

such

pronoun

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

such

adverb

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

Pronoun

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

Adding feathered trims, hand-beading, and a bold color palette, plus more streamlined silhouettes, such as collarless blazers and cigarette pants. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Wedding Gowns Aren’t the Main Story for This Brand-New Bridal Designer," 10 Apr. 2019 But 75% survived to the end of the war—a stark contrast with countries such as Poland and the... Ronald C. Rosbottom, WSJ, "‘The Survival of the Jews in France, 1940-44’ Review: Living Under Occupation," 9 Apr. 2019 People reports that a plethora of celebs were also spotted at the wedding such as Lil' Kim, Rita Ora, Luka Sabbat, and Frank Ocean. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Marc Jacobs Just Married Char Defrancesco in a Star-Studded New York Wedding," 7 Apr. 2019 This will help to prevent any vaginal issues, such as yeast infections, vaginal irritation, and bacterial vaginosis. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "Here’s Why You Might Want to Sleep Without Underwear," 2 Apr. 2019 As Google Gmail turns fifteen—yes, on April 1—the company is finally adding some long-overdue features, such as the ability to schedule email. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Google Gmail celebrates 15 years by adding scheduled email and Smart Compose for mobile," 1 Apr. 2019 The debut collection features seven bags such as a leather clutch available in black and leopard print ($128). Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rachael Ray Launches Fashion E-Commerce Site Featuring Female-Founded Brands," 22 Mar. 2019 And as such, the refresh rate is also slightly lower. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Hands-on: The $399 Oculus Rift S kicks off the next gen of PC-based VR by appealing to the masses," 20 Mar. 2019 The inactive ingredients, meaning any of the ingredients that are not considered actives by the FDA and regulated as such, are also important. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "What Exactly Are 'Actives' in Skin-Care Products?," 8 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

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

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First Known Use of such

Adjective

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

Pronoun

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

Adverb

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

History and Etymology for such

Adjective

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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such

adjective

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

such

pronoun

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

such

adverb

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

such

adjective
\ 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.

such

pronoun

Kids Definition of such (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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