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Meaning of “something” in the English Dictionary

"something" in British English

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somethingpronoun

uk   us   /ˈsʌm.θɪŋ/
A1 an ​object, ​situation, ​quality, or ​action that is not ​exactlyknown or ​stated: There's something ​sharp in my ​shoe. Something in the ​cupboardsmellsweird. We ​thought there was something wrong because we hadn't ​heard from you. There's something ​wrong with the ​engine - it's making ​strangenoises. Something's ​happened to ​upset him but we don't ​know what it is. I ​heard something ​worrying at ​work this ​morning. Is there something you'd like to say? Don't just ​stand there, do something. There's just something ​strange about him. Note: Something is not usually used in negatives and questions. a thing for which you are ​grateful, ​especially because an ​unpleasant thing has also ​happened: We were given five hundred ​pounds in ​compensation which isn't much but at least it's something.

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-somethingsuffix

uk   us   /-sʌm.θɪŋ/ informal
used after a ​number like 20, 30, etc. to refer to the ​age of a ​person who is between 20 and 29, 30 and 39 ​yearsold, etc., or to a ​person who is of this ​age: I'd ​guess she's thirty-something. Most of these ​places are ​aimed at twenty-somethings.
(Definition of something from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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somethingpronoun

 us   /ˈsʌm·θɪŋ/
a thing which is not ​known or ​stated: I was ​anxious to do something. Can I ​read you something ​else? I was ​sure something had ​happened to him. The ​ball and ​batarrive at the same ​place at the same ​time, and the ​rest has something to do with (= is in some way ​connected with) the ​laws of ​physics. Something can be used to ​describe a ​situation or an ​event that is good, ​although it is not everything you had hoped for: I ​exercise three ​times a ​week – it’s not enough, but at least it’s something.Note: "Anything" is usually used instead of "something" in negative sentences and questions.
(Definition of something from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “something”
in Arabic شَيء ما…
in Korean 무언가, 어떤것…
in Portuguese algo, alguma coisa…
in Catalan alguna cosa…
in Japanese 何か, ある物(事)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 某物, 某事, 某个东西…
in Turkish bir şey…
in Russian что-то, что-нибудь, кое-что…
in Chinese (Traditional) 某物, 某事, 某個東西…
in Italian qualcosa…
in Polish coś…
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