\ 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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The best hope for any new Covid vaccine is going to come from large firms like Pfizer and Moderna, or from those that were left behind, such as Sanofi. Matthew Herper, STAT, 28 July 2022 Markets were spooked Monday after retail giant Walmart warned that its profits are being hurt by rising prices for food and gas, which are forcing shoppers to cut back on more profitable discretionary items such as clothing. Alex Veiga, ajc, 27 July 2022 Nothing beats taking your favorite appetizer, such as creamy chicken satay, and sandwiching it between two fluffy slices of bread. Jess Eng, Washington Post, 27 July 2022 There are many claims about legitimate medical uses for CBD, such as treating anxiety, depression, pain and insomnia, as well as suppressing appetite. Michael Taylor, San Antonio Express-News, 27 July 2022 After taking some of the early antiretroviral therapies, such as AZT, that were once prescribed as individual agents and failed to treat HIV effectively, the man started a highly effective combination antiretroviral treatment in the 1990s. Benjamin Ryan, NBC News, 27 July 2022 The 26-year-old now visits prison facilities to deliver books, shampoo and snacks such as pork jerky and M&Ms. Hsiuwen Liu, Los Angeles Times, 27 July 2022 Students also will get monthly stipends during their studies of up to $1,500 for other expenses such as child care and transportation. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 27 July 2022 Purchasing key items in bulk can also be helpful, such as pencils, index cards and folders. Fox News, 27 July 2022 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, 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, 14 Oct. 2019 Thankful to work around such talented & caring people. CBS News, 15 May 2017 Thankful to work around such talented & caring people, Janie Mccauley, The Seattle Times, 14 May 2017 See More

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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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\ 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, Harry Potter and the 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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