\ 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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective News reports in recent weeks have cited low-wage employers in service industries such as restaurants complaining that generous unemployment compensation during the pandemic has discouraged many low-wage workers from returning to their jobs. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, 10 June 2021 Menu ideas such as the teriyaki chicken came from Aaron, who is also Diné and cooks for his family. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, 10 June 2021 Republican judges frequently win appellate races in Democratic-heavy areas such as Cuyahoga, Franklin, and Hamilton counties. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, 10 June 2021 That includes keeping clients up to date on things such as border closures and best practices for traveling during the pandemic, Cripe notes. Michael Schroeder, The Indianapolis Star, 10 June 2021 Last year, the Mequon-Thiensville Sunrise Rotary Club used the goats in a trial project to cut down on invasive plant species in Rotary Park, such as buckthorn and honeysuckle. Samantha Hendrickson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 June 2021 Instead of traditional exercising equipment such as dumbbells, resistance bands or stability balls, the franchised fitness studio uses computers and robotics coupled with personalized instruction to deliver 20-minute workout sessions. Maria Aguilar, The Enquirer, 10 June 2021 Many analysts had expected Ferrari to appoint an executive with experience in the luxury-goods industry as the auto maker works to expand its brand beyond cars into products such as apparel and leather accessories. Eric Sylvers, WSJ, 9 June 2021 Branding herself as a champion for slower growth, Silberberg, 58, emphasized government transparency and environmental causes such as expanding the city’s tree canopy. Washington Post, 9 June 2021 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

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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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The first known use of such was before the 12th century

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11 Jun 2021

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“Such.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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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



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



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


\ 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.



Kids Definition of such (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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