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Meaning of “someone” in the English Dictionary

"someone" in British English

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someonepronoun

uk   us   /ˈsʌm.wʌn/ (also somebody)
A2 used to refer to a ​singleperson when you do not ​know who they are or when it is not ​important who they are: There's someone ​outside the ​house. Someone must have ​seen what ​happened. Eventually someone in the ​audiencespoke. You'll have to ​ask someone else. We'll need a ​softwareengineer or someone (= a ​person with ​skill of or like the ​statedtype) on the ​projectteam. Note: Someone is not usually used in negatives and questions.

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

"someone" in American English

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someonepronoun

 us   /ˈsʌmˌwʌn, -wən/
a ​person: I’m not ​interested in someone else’s ​experience. I ​hatecutting the ​lawn, so I ​pay someone to do it. Note: "Anyone" is usually used instead of "someone" in negative sentences and questions.
(Definition of someone from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “someone”
in Arabic شَخْص ما…
in Korean 어떤 사람, 누군가…
in Portuguese alguém…
in Catalan algú…
in Japanese 誰か, ある人…
in Chinese (Simplified) 某人…
in Turkish birisi, bir kimse…
in Russian кто-то, кто-нибудь…
in Chinese (Traditional) 某人…
in Italian qualcuno…
in Polish ktoś…
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