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such

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adjective \ˈsəch, ˈsich\

Definition of such

  1. 1a :  of a kind or character to be indicated or suggested a bag such as a doctor carriesb :  having a quality to a degree to be indicated his excitement was such that he shouted

  2. 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. 3 :  of so extreme a degree or quality never heard such a hubbub

  4. 4 :  of the same class, type, or sort other such clinics throughout the state

  5. 5 :  not specified

Examples of such in a Sentence

  1. She has published her first sci-fi novel and hopes to write more such novels.

  2. No such agreement was made.

  3. The magazine publishes articles about such varied subjects as astronomy, politics, and gardening.

  4. I've never heard of such a thing!

Origin and Etymology of such

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


First Known Use: before 12th century


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such

pronoun

Definition of such

  1. 1 :  such a person or thing

  2. 2 :  someone or something stated, implied, or exemplified such was the result

  3. 3 :  someone or something similar :  similar persons or things tin and glass and such

as such

  1. :  intrinsically considered :  in itself as such the gift was worth little

Can such be used as a 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

  1. It is a serious problem and should be treated as such.

  2. If such is the decision, nothing further should be done.

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of such

before 12th century


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such

adverb

Definition of such

  1. 1a :  to such a degree :  so such tall buildings such a fine personb :  very, especially hasn't been in such good spirits lately

  2. 2 :  in such a way related such that each excludes the other

Examples of such in a Sentence

  1. I have never seen such a large cat!

  2. I had such a bad headache that I couldn't think straight.

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of such

before 12th century


SUCH Defined for English Language Learners

such

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adjective

Definition of such for English Language Learners

  • —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

Definition of such for English Language Learners

  • : that kind or type of person or thing

  • : something previously stated or specified

such

adverb

Definition of such for English Language Learners

  • —used to make a description more forceful

  • : to the degree that is specified or understood


SUCH Defined for Kids

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such

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adjective \ˈsəch\

Definition of such for Students

  1. 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. 2 :  of the same class, type, or sort :  similar We've opened three such stores.

  3. 3 :  so great :  so remarkable I've never seen such a crowd.


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such

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pronoun

Definition of such for Students

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



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