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Meaning of “such” in the English Dictionary

"such" in British English

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suchpredeterminer, determiner

uk   us   /sʌtʃ/

suchpredeterminer, determiner, pronoun

uk   us   /sʌtʃ/
B2 of a ​particular or ​similartype: Small ​companies such as ours are very ​vulnerable in a ​recession. I'm ​looking for a ​cloth for ​cleaningsilver. Do you have such a thing? Present on this ​grandoccasion were Andrew Davies, Melissa Peters, and other such ​stars. I ​tried to ​tell her in such a way that she wouldn't get ​offended. He said it was an ​Edwardianwashstand or some such thing - I can't ​rememberexactly.old-fashioned informal I just ​bought one or two things - ​bread and ​milk and such (also suchlike).formal Our ​lunch was such (= of a ​type) that we don't really need ​dinner.such as A2 for ​example: That ​money is to ​covercosts such as ​travel and ​accommodation.

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suchnoun

uk   us   /sʌtʃ/
(Definition of such from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"such" in American English

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suchadjective

 us   /sʌtʃ/
  • such adjective (SO GREAT)

used before a ​noun or ​noun phrase to ​addemphasis: I’ve never in my ​life had such ​deliciousfood. It ​seems like such a ​long way to ​drive. It was such a ​pity they ​missed the show. [+ that clause] It was such a ​largefire that over 100 ​firefighters were on the ​scene.

suchadjective, pronoun

 us   /sʌtʃ/
  • such adjective, pronoun (OF THAT TYPE)

of that or a ​similartype: With such ​evidence, they should have no ​difficulty getting a ​conviction. Small ​companies such as ours are having a hard ​time. They’ll ​payourexpenses, such as ​food and ​lodging. infml We ​talked about the ​kids and the ​weather and such (= and that ​type of thing).
(Definition of such from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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