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English definition of “such”


predeterminer, determiner, pronoun     /sʌtʃ/
B2 of a particular or similar type: Small companies such as ours are very vulnerable in a recession. I'm looking for a cloth for cleaning silver. Do you have such a thing? Present on this grand occasion were Andrew Davies, Melissa Peters, and other such stars. I tried to tell her in such a way that she wouldn't be offended. He said it was an Edwardian washstand or some such thing - I can't remember exactly.old-fashioned informal I just bought one or two things - bread and milk and such (also suchlike).formal Our lunch was such (= of a type) that we don't really need an evening meal.Similar and the sameDescribing people with the same qualities such as A2 for example: That sum of money is to cover costs such as travel and accommodation.Typifying, illustrating and exemplifyingMeaning and significance Grammar:SuchSee moreGrammar:Such as a determinerWe can use such (as a determiner) before a noun phrase to add emphasis:See moreGrammar:Such meaning ‘of this or that kind’In more formal situations, we can use such to mean ‘of this or that kind’. We can use it before a/an or after expressions like the only, the first, the second:See moreGrammar:Such … thatWe can use a that-clause after a noun phrase with such:See moreGrammar:Such or so?Such is a determiner; so is an adverb. They often have the same meaning of ‘very’ or ‘to this degree’:See moreGrammar:Such asWe can use such as to introduce an example or examples of something we mention. We normally use a comma before such as when we present a list of examples. Where there is just one example, we don’t need a comma:See more
(Definition of such predeterminerdeterminerpronoun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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