Meaning of “someone” in the English Dictionary

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"someone" in British English

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uk /ˈsʌm.wʌn/ us /ˈsʌm.wʌn/ also somebody

A2 used to refer to a single person 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 audience spoke.
You'll have to ask someone else.
We'll need a software engineer or someone (= a person with skill of or like the stated type) on the project team.
Note: Someone is not usually used in negatives and questions.

More examples

  • I could hear someone crying in the next room.
  • I need someone dependable to look after the children while I'm at work.
  • He was desperate to tell someone his good news.
  • I couldn't find the station, so I asked someone if they could direct me.
  • We could hear someone knocking at the door.

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

"someone" in American English

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us /ˈsʌmˌwʌn, -wən/

a person:

I’m not interested in someone else’s experience.
I hate cutting 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)

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