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

Instead, the existence of the planets is calculated from indirect observations, such as measuring changes in host stars’ brightness or tracking little wobbles caused by the gravitational tug of the bodies orbiting them. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Astronomers Snap a Rare Picture of Two Baby Planets," 7 June 2019 Cirque du Soleil regularly brings touring shows to Connecticut arenas such as the XL Center and Bridgeport’s Arena at Harbor Yard. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Luzia’: A watery wonderland under the big top making its way to Hartford’s Market Street," 6 June 2019 Each middle and high school will determine its guidelines regarding phone use outside instructional time, such as in school hallways and other common areas in the schools, the announcement said. Rafael Guerrero, Elgin Courier-News, "District U46 to ban cellphone use in class beginning in the fall," 6 June 2019 Volunteers have the opportunity to develop relationships over time, making them very likely to pick up on the subtle changes that often occur before a more serious medical or social program, such as a fall or a suicide. Howard Lipin/san Diego Union-tribune, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Meals on Wheels expands innovative health program that started in San Diego," 6 June 2019 The disease can cause basic symptoms such as fever, headache, diarrhea, body aches, skin rash or swollen lymph nodes. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Get ready mosquito overload thanks to endless spring rain, but there are way to bite back before being bitten, experts say," 6 June 2019 Chronic aflatoxin exposure can lead to liver damage or liver cancer, especially in individuals with pre-existing conditions such as a Hepatitis B infection. Nutrition Diva Monica Reinagel, Scientific American, "Aflatoxins in Nuts: Danger or Hype?," 6 June 2019 Animosity on the part of drivers has been compounded by complaints of littering by bicyclists, such as squeezing their juice packs dry and tossing them to the side of the road. Jerry Fallstrom, orlandosentinel.com, "Resurfaced Sugarloaf Mountain Road offers smoother ride for cyclists: ‘The road really looks nice’," 6 June 2019 Right, but everything except points, such as rebounds, assists, blocks, steals—all these things are ways of analyzing the goal of the game, which is scoring more points than your opponent. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "Jalen Rose Has a Problem with Basketball Analytics," 6 June 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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