Definition of such in English:

such

pronoun, determiner, & predeterminer

  • 1Of the type previously mentioned.

    [as determiner] ‘I have been involved in many such courses’
    [as predeterminer] ‘I longed to find a kindred spirit, and in him I thought I had found such a person’
    [as pronoun] ‘we were second-class citizens and they treated us as such’
  • 2Of the type about to be mentioned.

    [as determiner] ‘there is no such thing as a free lunch’
    [as predeterminer] ‘the farm is organized in such a way that it can be run by two adults’
    [as pronoun] ‘the wound was such that I had to have stitches’
  • 3To so high a degree; so great (often used to emphasize a quality)

    [as determiner] ‘this material is of such importance that it has a powerful bearing on the case’
    [as predeterminer] ‘autumn's such a beautiful season’
    [as pronoun] ‘such is the elegance of his typeface that it is still a favourite of designers’

Phrases

  • and such

    • And similar things.

      ‘he had activities like the scouts and Sunday school and such’
      • ‘But in order to get a new job I need more free time so as to be able to pick up shifts and such.’
      • ‘As the evening cooled he did go out to cut hedges and such but otherwise he hid indoors out of the sun, just as Dolly and I did.’
      • ‘We took the bus back home, and all the way back we were singing rugby songs and such.’
      • ‘You'll find primitive bridges and such all along the routes taken by the old pack horse caravans.’
      • ‘That means after all is said and done with spending and such, they still have money left over.’
      • ‘It had its faults in the pretentious overacting and such, but it was as great as Hollywood movies can get.’
      • ‘The average review score is four stars, and there are the usual tributes to the beautiful writing and such.’
      • ‘How screws and such can work loose when a piece of equipment is left undisturbed and unused I do not know.’
      • ‘A zillion things went through my head as we went through the course outline and such.’
      • ‘He grovelled for a while, asking me how I was and such, and then he sprung the question.’
  • as such

    • [often with negative]In the exact sense of the word.

      ‘it is possible to stay overnight here although there is no guest house as such’
      • ‘Queens Drive is a clearway and as such is not to be used for parking, as defined in the highway code.’
      • ‘The club is a business and, as such, should stand on its own feet or fail as any other business would.’
      • ‘His speech is the herald of decolonisation and, as such, is a defining moment in history.’
      • ‘He further went on to say that he was going to organise Freeport as a model city and run it as such.’
      • ‘I am from England, of course, and, as such, consider rain to be part of my daily needs.’
      • ‘He added that the field they are in is pastureland and as such is specially cultivated grass.’
      • ‘They will not have a competitive race as such and only have to start and finish in a group.’
      • ‘Not that education or skills are signs of intelligence as such, but there is a correlation.’
      • ‘Otley is still a market town and, as such, should be drawing shoppers and other trade into it.’
      • ‘The club is a facility for all the youth in the area and as such all are welcome to drop in any night.’
      in itself, of itself, by itself, as such, intrinsically
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  • such as

    • 1For example.

      ‘wild flowers such as mountain pansy and wild thyme’
      • ‘Money was raised through a variety of events such as a jazz night and street collections.’
      • ‘She is also keen to see more special events such as street entertainment staged in the town on Sundays.’
      • ‘Instead of potatoes with your evening meal, opt for a low carb option such as a salad.’
      • ‘The historic rooms are home to small shows and cultural events such as talks and seminars.’
      • ‘The funds invest in shares that pay high dividends, such as banks and utilities.’
      • ‘Daily events such as our Gaelic taster workshops and Celtic dancing are sold out.’
      • ‘Serve as a dip with vegetables or fruit such as apple or pear wedges or banana slices.’
      • ‘The software can be used for a variety of tasks such as file management, file sharing and work flow.’
      • ‘The ban also prevents stadium owners from selling drink at other events such as concerts.’
      • ‘Insurance covers specific events such as storm or flood, but never general wear and tear.’
      for instance, e.g., to give an example, to give an instance, by way of illustration, as an illustration, to illustrate, such as, as, like
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    • 2Of a kind that; like.

      ‘an event such as we've shared’
      • ‘The negotiations for a lease such as occurred in the present case are only one example.’
      • ‘Now why is that not enough to establish a case for privacy such as a corporation can enjoy?’
      • ‘You only have to look at recent events such as what has happened in Switzerland and France.’
      • ‘It was his opinion that the injury was not such as would cause the plaintiff to lose the nail.’
      • ‘Now he stands on the eve of his most testing hour and on the brink of fame such as few have ever enjoyed.’
      • ‘You have to make a study of my behavior, such as a spouse will do, much to your dismay at times.’
    • 3Those who.

      ‘such as alter in a moment, win not credit in a month’
      • ‘The second canon of the Council of Carthage, where the principles of Augustine were supreme, "declares an anathema against such as deny that children ought to be baptized as soon as they are born."’
      • ‘And such as claim to be aliens shall be sworn to the effect that they will abide by and maintain the laws of this State and the Confederate States, so long as they are permitted to reside therein.’
      • ‘And such as so swear to do things unlawful, not only offend in such swearing, but also they much more offend, if they perform the thing that they do swear.’
  • such as it is (or they are)

    • What little there is; for what it's worth.

      ‘the plot, such as it is, takes road movie form’
      • ‘I started recording some of my own compositions, such as they are, and suffered extreme stumble-fingeredness.’
      • ‘The plot, such as it is, can be summarised quickly enough.’
      • ‘The tax cut, such as it is, was certainly still worth doing, experts say.’
      • ‘I'm immensely proud of my achievements such as they are and thank the club for their support in realising my ambitions over the last 18 years.’
      • ‘So I had to take my career and talents, such as they are, elsewhere.’
      • ‘And the lessons of history, such as they are, are ominously disturbing.’
      • ‘Well, I can't be everywhere, but I can offer my financial advice, such as it is.’
      • ‘All the big announcements, such as they are, have to be made by him.’
      • ‘And while it would be nice to believe him it's hard to see how the rules, such as they are, won't be broken behind closed doors.’
      • ‘Writing a book, he need only satisfy the standards - such as they are - of his New York publishing house.’
  • such a one

    • Such a person or thing.

      ‘what was the reward for such a one as Fox?’
      • ‘No one had mentioned an invisible combatant on the opposing team, but it wasn't unlikely that such a one would exist - and surely this proved it.’
      • ‘Isadora's quest for the perfect man ends in the realisation that there isn't such a one.’
      • ‘The master, not being a man of hard heart, knew that it was futile to try and keep beings unwillingly, but his son was not such a one.’
      • ‘Inger's eyes grew misty, touched both by Adam's compliment and the sadness of a motherless child, such a one as Adam had so recently been.’
      • ‘Show me this marvellous leader, if such a one exists.’
      • ‘Once he had a child, he comforted himself, he could leave ‘somebody behind him to remember that such a one once was.’’
      • ‘Alas, I cannot fulfil those dreams of a charming man and I offer no affectations of such a one.’
      • ‘He is so volatile and immediate, it may be such a one needs a little ongoing guidance and a brake for his ever exploding ideas.’
      • ‘So many environmental scare stories, over the years; I never dreamed of such a one as this.’
      • ‘Old Thomas of Dentonsville was such a one who lived to see the end of his particular War and returned from whence he came to reach a ripe old age.’
  • such that

    • To the extent that.

      ‘the linking of sentences such that they constitute a narrative’
      • ‘The popularity of the song was such that it was repeatedly played at the festival venue.’
      • ‘This enthusiasm is such that it is bound to make it easier to obtain permission for the likes of wind farms.’
      • ‘His self-assurance is such that he can never help himself pointing out the flaws in others.’
      • ‘The demand for tickets was such that hundreds of people were turned away at the door.’
      • ‘My grief was such that I wanted to go somewhere where I didn't know anybody at all.’
      • ‘His autism is such that it restricts his ability to handle even the most basic social situation.’
      • ‘The quality of the reprints was such that the photos appeared to have lost nothing due to the passage of time.’
      • ‘The ferocity of the assault was such that he passed out and remembers nothing further of the attack.’
      • ‘The outcry was such that something had to be done and be seen to be done.’
      • ‘My naivety about property prices is such that I thought I'd discovered a new bit of London.’

Origin

Old English swilc, swylc; related to Dutch zulk, German solch, from the Germanic bases of so and alike.

Pronunciation:

such

/sʌtʃ/