Definition of “something” - English Dictionary

“something” in British English

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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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uk / -sʌm.θɪŋ/ us / -sʌm.θɪŋ/ informal

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

“something” in American English

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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.

(Definition of “something” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)