Adjective "Some" definition and examples

(Some may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/s(ə)m//sʌm/

Definitions and examples

determiner

An unspecified amount or number of.
  1. 'he played some records for me'
  2. 'It can release some of the money set aside to pay compensation because it has kept a tight rein on redress.'
  3. 'Give your conscience a break and spend the money on some new Manolo Blahnik shoes instead.'
  4. 'For some it might be a career that allows you to tour the world and make some money along the way.'
  5. 'We might be invited to a barbecue after a show, given some money and we would divvy up.'
  6. 'So why not waste some more money and build another airport to match with the new stadium.'
  7. 'She did not have any cash to pay at the ticket machine so intended to go and get some money and then pay her parking fee later.'
  8. 'There are some records that are just evil, and this is worse than most of them.'
  9. 'This is a chance for you to get a cool bag for yourself or to give as a gift and to do some good with your money at the same time.'
  10. 'It will not only save a lot of money, some development for the city would also follow.'
  11. 'Alex came down last weekend and after the pub we went back home and listened to some records with Sarah.'
Used to refer to someone or something that is unknown or unspecified.
  1. 'there must be some mistake'
  2. 'Pensions, according to our government, are some kind of luxury provided by the state.'
  3. 'We are in talks at the moment with the health board to set up some kind of service for the elderly.'
  4. 'As a Syrsis he must have some kind of power, it was said in every legend and enough hints had been dropped.'
  5. 'So it felt to me as though the place were moving towards some kind of greater democracy.'
  6. 'I wish the mag well but they must get some kind of story archive onto the web sharpish.'
  7. 'It would be a mistake to think that this is all some kind of anarchic attack on the Establishment.'
  8. 'A completely tired and wasted day stressing over whether some girl would text back.'
  9. 'The NCC could well be lurking near the entrance ready to mount some kind of attack.'
  10. 'Do web pages or rotting newspapers leave some kind of afterglow in the light of the universe?'
  11. 'It came as a bit of a surprise to find that Fox is neither a rebellious teenager nor on some kind of exotic substance.'
(used with a number) approximately.
  1. 'Russell Chamberlin is the author of some thirty books on European travel and history.'
  2. 'Still gripping the foot he spun around and released, launching Hark some thirty feet.'
  3. 'At any rate, that is how they look back on their decision some thirty years later.'
  4. 'There are some 200 points in the ear which correspond with different parts of the body.'
  5. 'The only source of water was a spring below a steep bank some thirty yards from the house.'
(pronounced stressing ‘some’) a considerable amount or number of.
  1. 'I've known you for some years now'
  2. 'Datapoint had been the tenant for some considerable time but it itself had no use for the premises.'
  3. 'That case is relied on by Mr. Gardiner and so I should consider it with some care.'
  4. 'Mr Toth is in a position in which nothing has happened for some considerable time.'
  5. 'Both Richelieu and Mazarin were convinced that he was a man of some considerable talent.'
  6. 'Lying by the pool in Tenerife gave me time to give this question some serious consideration.'
  7. 'Police believe he could have been lying in wait for his victim for some considerable time.'
(pronounced stressing ‘some’) at least a small amount or number of.
  1. 'I want to be in charge or at least have some degree of say in how it is being run.'
  2. 'After all, the latter will at least give me some satisfaction, and will probably do more good.'
  3. 'Curtis then moves on to blogging, and he tells us that some writers are making money from their blogs.'
  4. 'Spending money may help some people become more determined, and so lose more weight.'
  5. 'In some eyes at least, it amounted to a single civilizational complex or world system.'
  6. 'Friends of Hendrie say that some people consider him to be arrogant and superior.'
  7. 'If it carried a bit of Pentecostal hill-melting at least it would involve some passion.'
  8. 'Nevertheless, we should at least expect some caprice or cunning from our thieves.'
  9. 'It's a quality that suggests she will keep at least some control over the image being created for her.'
  10. 'At least some organisations wait until December to hold their Christmas events.'
(pronounced stressing ‘some’) expressing admiration of something notable.
  1. 'Anyone who could get away with intoning it to an audience must be some kind of storytelling genius.'
  2. 'Mr Power gave his stock reply. Some help!'
  3. 'Some chance of that happening!'

pronoun

An unspecified number or amount of people or things.
  1. 'if you want whisky I'll give you some'
  2. 'Some of the groups are very radical indeed - and some want to provoke the countries into war.'
  3. 'This will a great free day out watching some of the finest trials riders doing something different.'
  4. 'Some of these changes have had a positive effect on rural Carlow while some have not.'
  5. 'A large number of protesters were drinking beer and wine, and some were obviously drunk.'
  6. 'Many of these people are pensioners and young families, some on low incomes and often without a car.'
  7. 'Instead it is a rejection of the view of some on the left that socialism consists of a defeat of liberal democracy.'
  8. 'Some of the coins were made into boxes with one or two coins, and some were put in to plaques.'
  9. 'Some parts were scary, and some were confusing at first but it all makes sense in the end.'
  10. 'Indeed, some have turned out to be British citizens who were living here perfectly legally.'
  11. 'It seems to consist of three flavours and, after every bite, the boy then smears some on his chest.'
(pronounced stressing ‘some’) at least a small amount or number of people or things.
  1. 'The pupils said at least half the school had left but some had drifted back.'
  2. 'Those who took part in the silence kept quiet for at least one hour - and some for as long as three hours.'
  3. 'It was an issue of substance at a time when military action to some at least had become inevitable.'
  4. 'It's true, some were old and out of date - but at least they were there to be borrowed.'
  5. 'It appeared that at least some had been rendered unconscious by the gas before being shot.'
  6. 'The rot at the top overshadows what some see as a bright spot in the banking sector.'
  7. 'In the morning when it has dropped its flowers, some feel the tree appears to look sad.'
  8. 'And yet it seems that at least some on the list had not consented to things being handed over.'
  9. 'The young leaves of my magnolia look tattered and some have pale spots on the surface.'
  10. 'Let us hope when it is illuminated that at least some of the philistines might see what the fuss is about.'

adverb

To some extent; quite a lot.
  1. 'The second time the rules change some.'

More definitions

adjective

1. being an undetermined or unspecified one: Some person may object.

2. (used with plural nouns) certain: Some days I stay home.

3. of a certain unspecified number, amount, degree, etc.: to some extent.

4. unspecified but considerable in number, amount, degree, etc.: We talked for some time. He was here some weeks.

5. Informal. of impressive or remarkable quality, consequence, extent, etc.: That was some storm. pronoun

6. certain persons, individuals, instances, etc

Origin

(some)Old English sum, of Germanic origin, from an Indo-European root shared by Greek hamōs ‘somehow’ and Sanskrit sama ‘any, every’.

Phrase

and then some
some little