Meaning of “somebody” in the English Dictionary

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"somebody" in British English

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somebodypronoun

uk /ˈsʌm.bə.di/ /ˈsʌmˌbɒd.i/ us /ˈsʌmˌbɑː.di/ /ˈsʌmˌbʌ.di/

A2 someone

Examples

  • Somebody in the office will know.
  • Somebody rang while you were at Polly's house.
  • Somebody told me she lives near here.
  • Somebody must have seen it happen.
  • You could give it to somebody else.

Examples from literature

  • Are doctors heroes when they save somebody’s life? 
  • In many countries, when somebody becomes an adult, they have a party. 
  • Is a firefighter a hero when he or she helps somebody leave a burning house? 
  • It can be a friend or somebody in your family. 
  • Somebody paid a million dollars for a parking space! 
  • When a snake bites somebody, it puts venom into the person’s body. 

(Definition of “somebody” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"somebody" in American English

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somebodypronoun

us /ˈsʌmˌbɑd·i, -bəd·i/

a person; someone:

I’d rather take care of my own kids than let somebody I don’t know raise them.
You don’t have the right to interfere in somebody else’s life.

(Definition of “somebody” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)