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"something" in American English

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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 bat arrive 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.
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"something" in British English

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somethingpronoun

uk   /ˈsʌm.θɪŋ/ us   /ˈsʌm.θɪŋ/
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 weird. 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 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   / -sʌm.θɪŋ/ 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 years old, 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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © 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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