some1 [səm strong sʌm ] determiner
[: Old English; Origin: sum]
1.) a number of people or things, or an amount of something, when the exact number or amount is not stated
I need some apples for this recipe.
My mother has inherited some land.
They're looking for someone with some experience.
The doctor gave her some medicine for her cough.
2.) a number of people or things or an amount of something, but not all
Some people believe in life after death.
She's been so depressed that some days she can't get out of bed.
3.) formal a fairly large number of people or things or a fairly large amount of something
It was some time before they managed to turn the alarm off.
The donation went some way toward paying for the damage.
some 2
some2 [sʌm] pron
1.) a number of people or things or an amount of something, when the exact number or amount is not stated
I've just made a pot of coffee. Would you like some?
'Do you know where the screws are?' 'There are some in the garage.'
2.) a number of people or things or an amount of something, but not all
Many local businesses are having difficulties, and some have even gone bankrupt.
Some say it was an accident, but I don't believe it.
Many of the exhibits were damaged in the fire, and some were totally destroyed.
some of
Some of his jokes were very rude.
Can I have some of your cake?
3.) and then some
spoken informal used to say that the actual amount is probably a lot more than what someone has just said
'They say he earns $2.5 million a season.' 'And then some.'
some 3
some3 W1S1 determiner
1.) used to mean a person or thing, when you do not know or say exactly which
There must be some reason for her behaviour.
Can you give me some idea of the cost?
some kind/type/form/sort of sth
We can hopefully reach some kind of agreement.
2.) informal used when you are talking about a person or thing that you do not know, remember, or understand, or when you think it does not matter
Some guy called for you while you were gone.
some sth or other/another
Just give him some excuse or other.
3.) used to say that something was very good or very impressive
That was some party last night!
4.) some friend you are/some help she was etc
spoken used, especially when you are annoyed, to mean someone or something has disappointed you by not behaving in the way you think they should
You won't lend me the money? Some friend you are!
some 4
some4 [səm strong sʌm] adv
1.) some more
an additional number or amount of something
Would you like some more cake?
2.) AmE spoken a little
'Are you feeling better today?' 'Some, I guess.'
3.) some 500 people/50%/£100 etc
an expression meaning about 500 people, 50%, £100 etc - used especially when this seems a large number or amount
She gained some 25 pounds in weight during pregnancy.
4.) some little/few sth
literary a fairly large number or amount of something
We travelled some little way before noticing that Bradley wasn't with us.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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  • Some — (s[u^]m), a. [OE. som, sum, AS. sum; akin to OS., OFries., & OHG. sum, OD. som, D. sommig, Icel. sumr, Dan. somme (pl.), Sw. somlige (pl.), Goth. sums, and E. same. [root]191. See {Same}, a., and cf. { some}.] 1. Consisting of a greater or less… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • some — [ səm, strong sʌm ] function word, quantifier *** Some can be used in the following ways: as a determiner (followed by an uncountable noun): I ll make some coffee. (followed by a plural noun): She brought me some flowers. (followed by a singular… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • some — 1. The use of some to mean ‘very much’ or ‘notably such’ in sentences of the type. This is some party is still considered suitable mainly for informal contexts, and Churchill s famous line in a speech in 1941, Some chicken! Some neck! (in… …   Modern English usage

  • some — [sum] adj. [ME som < OE sum, a certain one, akin to Goth sums < IE * som > SAME] 1. being a certain one or ones not specified or known [open some evenings] 2. being of a certain unspecified (but often considerable) number, quantity,… …   English World dictionary

  • -some — ♦ Élément, du gr. sôma « corps » : centrosome, chromosome, ribosome. somato , some éléments, du gr. sôma, sômatos, corps . some V. somato . ⇒ SOME, élém. formant Élém. tiré du gr. , de « corps », entrant dans la constr. de termes sav. en biol. et …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • -some — as a suffix forming adjectives, it represents O.E. sum (see SOME (Cf. some); Cf. O.Fris. sum, Ger. sam, O.N. samr), related to sama same. As a suffix added to numerals meaning a group of that number (Cf. twosome) it represents O.E. sum some, used …   Etymology dictionary

  • Some — may refer to:*Some, a word denoting an indeterminate number of something: see Grammatical number* Some , a song by Built to Spill from their 1994 album There s Nothing Wrong with Love *Some Records, an US record label.*So Others Might Eat (SOME) …   Wikipedia

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  • some — O.E. sum some, from P.Gmc. *sumas (Cf. O.S., O.Fris., O.H.G. sum, O.N. sumr, Goth. sums), from PIE root *sem one, as one (Cf. Skt. samah even, level, similar, identical; Gk. HAMO (Cf. hamo ); see SAME (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • -some — ( s[u^]m). [AS. sum; akin to G. & OHG. sam, Icel. samr, Goth. lustusams longed for. See {Same}, a., and cf. {Some}, a.] An adjective suffix having primarily the sense of like or same, and indicating a considerable degree of the thing or quality… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • -some — Ⅰ. some [1] ► SUFFIX forming adjectives meaning: 1) productive of: loathsome. 2) characterized by being: wholesome. 3) apt to: tiresome. ORIGIN Old English. Ⅱ. some …   English terms dictionary