Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “something”

See all translations

something

pronoun uk   /ˈsʌm.θɪŋ/ us  
A1 an object, situation, quality, or action that is not exactly known or stated: There's something sharp in my shoe. Something in the cupboard smells odd. We thought there was something wrong because we hadn't heard from you. There's something wrong with the engine - it's making strange noises. Something's happened to upset him but we don't know what it is. I heard something rather worrying at work this morning. Is there something you'd like to say? Don't just stand there, do something. There's just something odd 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.
More examples
Translations of “something”
in Korean 무언가, 어떤것…
in Arabic شَيء ما…
in Portuguese algo, alguma coisa…
in Catalan alguna cosa…
in Japanese 何か, ある物(事)…
in Italian qualcosa…
in Chinese (Traditional) 某物, 某事, 某個東西…
in Russian что-то, что-нибудь, кое-что…
in Turkish bir şey…
in Chinese (Simplified) 某物, 某事, 某个东西…
in Polish coś…
(Definition of something pronoun from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of something?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “something” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

exercise

physical activity that you do to make your body strong and healthy

Word of the Day

Byronic, Orwellian and Darwinian: adjectives from names.

by Liz Walter,
April 15, 2015
Becoming an adjective is a strange kind of memorial, but it is often a sign of a person having had real influence on the world. Science is full of examples, from Hippocrates, the Greek medic born around 460 BC, who gave his name to the Hippocratic Oath still used by doctors today,

Read More 

bio-inspiration noun

April 13, 2015
the adoption of patterns and structures found in nature for the purposes of engineering, manufacturing, science, etc. The MIT researchers actually aren’t the only robotics team to turn to cheetahs for bio-inspiration.

Read More