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Meaning of “some” in the English Dictionary

"some" in British English

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somedeterminer

  • some determiner (UNKNOWN AMOUNT)

A1 uk   strong /sʌm/ uk     weak /səm/  us   /sʌm/  /səm/ an ​amount or ​number of something that is not ​stated or not ​known; a ​part of something: There's some ​cake in the ​kitchen if you'd like it. Here's some ​news you might be ​interested in. We've been having some ​problems with ​our TV over the last few ​weeks. Could you give me some ​idea of when the ​constructionwork will ​finish? I've got to do some morework before I can go out.

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  • some determiner (LARGE AMOUNT)

B2 uk   /sʌm/  us   /sʌm/ a ​largeamount or ​number of something: It'll be some ​time before we ​meet again. It was some ​yearslater when they next ​met. We ​discussed the ​problem at some ​length.

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  • some determiner (PARTICULAR THING)

C1 uk   /sʌm/  us   /sʌm/ used to refer to a ​particularperson or thing without ​statingexactly which one: Some ​luckyperson will ​win more than $1,000,000 in the ​competition. Some idiot's ​locked the ​door! There must be some way you can ​relieve the ​pain.

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  • some determiner (ANGER)

uk   /sʌm/  us   /sʌm/ informal used before a ​noun, ​especially at the ​beginning of a ​sentence to show ​anger or ​disapproval, often by ​repeating a word that was not ​accurately used: Some ​people just don't ​know when to ​shut up. Some ​help you were! You ​sat on ​yourbackside most of the ​afternoon! "A ​friend of mine ​sold me a ​radio that doesn't ​work." "Some ​friend!"

somepronoun

A1 uk   strong /sʌm/ uk     weak /səm/  us   /sʌm/  /səm/ an ​amount or ​number of something that is not ​stated or not ​known; a ​part of something: If you need more ​paper then just take some. "Would you like to have ​dinner with us?" "No ​thanks, I've already had some." Some of you here have already ​met Imran. Have some of this ​champagne - it's very good. some ​people: Some have ​compared his ​work to Picasso's.

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  • We've got a lot of ​apples if you'd like some.
  • There's a ​cake here - would you like some?
  • I had some of Jean's ​bread and it was good.
  • There's plenty of ​coffee here if you'd like some.
  • Some of you will ​know Ron already.

someadverb

uk     strong /sʌm/ weak /səm/  us     /sʌm/  /səm/
(Definition of some from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"some" in American English

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someadjective [not gradable]

 us   /sʌm, səm/
having an ​amount or ​number that is not ​known or not ​stated, or being a ​part of something: Let’s get some ​work done. Some ​stories he ​wrote were made into ​movies.
used to refer to a ​person or thing when you cannot say ​exactly who or what it is: Some ​jerkbacked into my ​car in the ​parking lot. There’s got to be some way out of here.

someadverb [not gradable]

 us   /sʌm, səm/
(used in ​front of a ​number) ​approximately; about: Some 200 ​peopleapplied for the ​job.

somepronoun

 us   /sʌm, səm/
  • some pronoun (UNKNOWN AMOUNT)

an ​amount or ​number that is not ​known or ​stated: If you ​want more ​spaghetti, ​please take some. I like some of the ​people in my ​class. Some can also ​mean some ​people: Some have ​compared him to President Kennedy.Note: In negative sentences, you use "any" or "no" instead of "some." In questions, you usually use "any" instead of "some."

someadjective [not gradable]

 us   /sʌm/
being a ​largeamount or ​number of something: She was ​married to him for some ​years. These things have been going on for some ​time.
infml used before a ​noun and ​spoken with ​emphasis to show that something is ​unusual: Some ​party that ​turned out to be – nobody ​showed up. Margo is really a ​terrificcook – that was some ​dinner!

someadverb [not gradable]

 us   /sʌm/ infml
a little; in or by a ​smalldegree: I ​slept some in the ​car on the way ​home.
(Definition of some from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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