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

One of the reasons the world is in such a mess is that neoliberals became carried away with their own ideology. The Economist, "The study of history is in decline in Britain," 19 July 2019 No midyear boost can have greater impact on the team than two of the best players in the game performing to such a standard once again. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, "Chris Sale, Mookie Betts showing what they’re capable of," 18 July 2019 Emerson noted that previous primaries — such as Ted Kennedy versus President Carter in 1980 and Obama versus Clinton in 2008 — sharply divided the Democrats in the entertainment industry. Los Angeles Times, "Why pick just one? Hollywood donors fund numerous Democrats in bid to beat Trump," 18 July 2019 The brewery’s in-house restaurant, Craft Food Counter and Kitchen, which slings pub-grub fare such as hamburgers, pretzels and salads, will remain open Thursday. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "Need free water? Or a beer? The taps will open at Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park," 18 July 2019 Although animals had previously ventured onto land in the earlier Devonian Period, animals with an amniotic egg—such as modern reptiles, birds and yes, even mammals—do not need to return to the water to reproduce, as modern amphibians still do. Hillary Maddin, Smithsonian, "Tiny Animals Trapped in Fossil Trees Help Reveal How Fauna Moved Onto Land," 18 July 2019 Tantalizing early results came from maize, in which plants with identical DNA had variations in traits such as kernel color that persisted for hundreds of generations. Andrew Curry, Science | AAAS, "Parents’ emotional trauma may change their children’s biology. Studies in mice show how," 18 July 2019 High-end blenders may come with additional features, such as heating soup and juicing. Becky Krystal, Twin Cities, "Puree, liquefy, crush: How to choose and use a blender," 18 July 2019 Kylie Cosmetics first dropped its products in Ulta back in November, starting with only Lip Kits and eventually expanding the selection to include other products, such as eye shadow palettes and highlighter. Gabi Thorne, Allure, "Kylie Cosmetics’s Concealer and Setting Powder Are Now Sold at Ulta," 18 July 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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