Definition of some in English:

some

Pronunciation /s(ə)m//sʌm/

determiner

  • 1An unspecified amount or number of.

    ‘I made some money running errands’
    ‘he played some records for me’
    • ‘Of course I'd like a record company to put some money behind me and make a career out of music.’
    • ‘It can release some of the money set aside to pay compensation because it has kept a tight rein on redress.’
    • ‘He has been talking on his cell phone and just found out that he won some money in the numbers game.’
    • ‘Give your conscience a break and spend the money on some new Manolo Blahnik shoes instead.’
    • ‘Three years later it said about a million of those had claimed some money back.’
    • ‘For some it might be a career that allows you to tour the world and make some money along the way.’
    • ‘Whatever you do, wherever you go, as long as you have access to some money you won't go far wrong.’
    • ‘We might be invited to a barbecue after a show, given some money and we would divvy up.’
    • ‘One woman needed assistance to set up a workshop: he ordered her to be given some money.’
    • ‘So why not waste some more money and build another airport to match with the new stadium.’
    • ‘He claimed that he had set up the website as a way to make some extra money and had not realised what he was doing was illegal.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Did you think that if you harassed me enough I'd give you some money to go away?’
    • ‘There are some records that are just evil, and this is worse than most of them.’
    • ‘So far, eight people have decided that what they read was worth giving me some money.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If they want to loan you money, tell them you just filed for bankruptcy and you could do with some money.’
    • ‘It will not only save a lot of money, some development for the city would also follow.’
    • ‘They have been put up by people desperate to make some extra money in order to make ends meet.’
    • ‘Alex came down last weekend and after the pub we went back home and listened to some records with Sarah.’
    some, a piece of, a part of, a bit of
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  • 2Used to refer to someone or something that is unknown or unspecified.

    ‘I was talking to some journalist the other day’
    ‘there must be some mistake’
    ‘he's in some kind of trouble’
    • ‘Pensions, according to our government, are some kind of luxury provided by the state.’
    • ‘It takes five to six venues in some kind of logical sequence to make for a successful tour.’
    • ‘We are in talks at the moment with the health board to set up some kind of service for the elderly.’
    • ‘Most people have no doubt that they are a money spinner and in some part of the country they are being pulled down.’
    • ‘As a Syrsis he must have some kind of power, it was said in every legend and enough hints had been dropped.’
    • ‘Colour always gives some kind of emotional response, and green is no exception.’
    • ‘So it felt to me as though the place were moving towards some kind of greater democracy.’
    • ‘We must also consider the potential for some lunatic to introduce a form of germ warfare.’
    • ‘I wish the mag well but they must get some kind of story archive onto the web sharpish.’
    • ‘They seemed to be ranting and raving at each other about some kind of mistake.’
    • ‘It would be a mistake to think that this is all some kind of anarchic attack on the Establishment.’
    • ‘If only they'd attached some kind of story to it, it would have been far, far better.’
    • ‘A completely tired and wasted day stressing over whether some girl would text back.’
    • ‘If you have one, use some kind of protective barrier between your mouth and the patient's.’
    • ‘The NCC could well be lurking near the entrance ready to mount some kind of attack.’
    • ‘But the matter of Rome is so long a story that every era can find some kind of mirror in it.’
    • ‘Do web pages or rotting newspapers leave some kind of afterglow in the light of the universe?’
    • ‘Arieal was sure he must have used some kind of gel to keep the hair in place.’
    • ‘It came as a bit of a surprise to find that Fox is neither a rebellious teenager nor on some kind of exotic substance.’
    • ‘It must surely be some kind of guard to talk so incessantly without pause or prompting?’
    some, any, a certain
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  • 3(used with a number) approximately.

    ‘some thirty different languages are spoken’
    • ‘Russell Chamberlin is the author of some thirty books on European travel and history.’
    • ‘This was an order of some thirty houses, of which the majority were for canons only.’
    • ‘Still gripping the foot he spun around and released, launching Hark some thirty feet.’
    • ‘Lloyd J heard the application and gave a full judgment running to some thirty pages.’
    • ‘At any rate, that is how they look back on their decision some thirty years later.’
    • ‘All he has to do is wait some thirty years for his actual death to catch up with him.’
    • ‘There are some 200 points in the ear which correspond with different parts of the body.’
    • ‘Their first attempt on goal, some half an hour into the match, was more by accident than design.’
    • ‘The only source of water was a spring below a steep bank some thirty yards from the house.’
    • ‘Carl stared in disbelief at the bodies of some thirty or so children trapped in their seats.’
  • 4(pronounced stressing ‘some’) a considerable amount or number of.

    ‘he went to some trouble’
    ‘I've known you for some years now’
    • ‘His report had been available to both parties for some considerable time without demur.’
    • ‘Datapoint had been the tenant for some considerable time but it itself had no use for the premises.’
    • ‘Even Skype takes some considerable expenditure of time and sweat from the beginner.’
    • ‘That case is relied on by Mr. Gardiner and so I should consider it with some care.’
    • ‘Later in this chapter we shall consider in some detail two striking examples.’
    • ‘Mr Toth is in a position in which nothing has happened for some considerable time.’
    • ‘There is still some confusion over the difference between a food intolerance and a food allergy.’
    • ‘Both Richelieu and Mazarin were convinced that he was a man of some considerable talent.’
    • ‘Nobody had been made redundant, nor was made redundant for some considerable time.’
    • ‘Lying by the pool in Tenerife gave me time to give this question some serious consideration.’
    • ‘The victim's relatives had been under some stress whilst the rescue was underway.’
    • ‘Police believe he could have been lying in wait for his victim for some considerable time.’
    • ‘As far as we are concerned this is the first death at Leeds Prison for some considerable time.’
    moderate, reasonable, a fair degree of, considerable, some
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  • 5(pronounced stressing ‘some’) at least a small amount or number of.

    ‘he liked some music but generally wasn't musical’
    • ‘I want to be in charge or at least have some degree of say in how it is being run.’
    • ‘This presumably included Neapolitans but at least they have some nice love songs and this is one.’
    • ‘After all, the latter will at least give me some satisfaction, and will probably do more good.’
    • ‘By the time the conclave meets there is likely to be at least some consensus over the leading contenders.’
    • ‘Curtis then moves on to blogging, and he tells us that some writers are making money from their blogs.’
    • ‘You hope you can make at least some contribution so that other families do not end up in the position that we are in.’
    • ‘Spending money may help some people become more determined, and so lose more weight.’
    • ‘You need to give some thought and consideration to the type of make-up you use.’
    • ‘In some eyes at least, it amounted to a single civilizational complex or world system.’
    • ‘They did it for you, you can at least show some respect for their sacrifices.’
    • ‘Friends of Hendrie say that some people consider him to be arrogant and superior.’
    • ‘You'd think his talents would give him at least some benefit in the situations where he ends up in combat.’
    • ‘If it carried a bit of Pentecostal hill-melting at least it would involve some passion.’
    • ‘So being listed was of benefit to owners as at least some grant aid was available to them.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, we should at least expect some caprice or cunning from our thieves.’
    • ‘It was not a good exchange but at least some people got filthy rich from the dealings.’
    • ‘It's a quality that suggests she will keep at least some control over the image being created for her.’
    • ‘I know for the most part the sums are not huge, but they could at least put some effort into knowing what is going on.’
    • ‘At least some organisations wait until December to hold their Christmas events.’
    • ‘This offers the prospect of at least some reform of labour market regulation.’
  • 6(pronounced stressing ‘some’) expressing admiration of something notable.

    ‘that was some goal’
    • ‘Anyone who could get away with intoning it to an audience must be some kind of storytelling genius.’
    • ‘She's warm, caring, full of life, and she puts up with me, which makes her some kind of saint.’
    1. 6.1 Used ironically to express disapproval or disbelief.
      ‘Mr Power gave his stock reply. Some help!’
      ‘not that Jennifer would ever be on the dole. Some chance of that’
      • ‘Some chance of that happening!’

Phrases

  • and then some

    • informal And plenty more than that.

      ‘we got our money's worth and then some’
      • ‘It was exactly what the boy in blue suspected, and then some.’
      • ‘The bride was able to cover her meal, her drinks and then some out of the money she made.’
      • ‘After we'd done all we could possibly think of and then some, I yanked on the pull cord.’
      • ‘Now the sun will supply enough light to illuminate half the world at one sitting, so there's plenty of power and then some.’
      • ‘Isolation, fear, death, blood, the macabre, pain: this film has it all - and then some.’
      • ‘As far as the fair share statement goes, Minnesota has gotten its fair share and then some.’
      • ‘Although I have enough offprints to meet the requests I've had, and then some, it will take me a while to process them all.’
      • ‘Four decades later, that ambition has been realised, and then some.’
      • ‘I've put on all the weight I lost during last year's diet, and then some.’
      • ‘Bowie would have to use the rest of his career - and then some - just to get even.’
  • some little

    • A considerable amount of.

      ‘she lingered for some little time’
      • ‘I think this would have been easily answered some little time ago if we had been clearer on the first point of order I raised.’
      • ‘My consequent lack of concern was therefore, a source of some little friction between self and fire-breather.’
      • ‘There was some little consolation for Carlow when Rory Mulvanney raised the green flag.’
      • ‘For some little time now, the newspapers… have been handing it to the hockey player.’
      • ‘That, obviously, will take us some little time - I do not expect the Opposition to be rushing it.’
      • ‘There were many eights of them, gathered together some little distance from Kopporu.’
      • ‘The predator with some little intelligence discards the decoy and goes after the better meat.’
      • ‘This caused me to be quiet some little time, thinking on it.’
      • ‘The signs that all is not well at United have been there for some little time, perhaps as long as two or three years.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

some

/s(ə)m//sʌm/