Definition of several in English:

several

determiner & pronoun

  • More than two but not many.

    as determiner ‘the author of several books’
    ‘several of his friends attended’
    as pronoun ‘Van Gogh was just one of several artists who gathered at Auvers’
    • ‘I know several of them personally and have always felt I have been given a fair hearing.’
    • ‘If you suffer from jaw joint problems you may have several of these symptoms or you may just have one.’
    • ‘The Gospels are rendered into several of these languages and printed by the Society.’
    • ‘I found that several of the huts had straw in them and that evidently sheep had wandered in.’
    • ‘She expects several of her friends to be at the leisure centre to cheer her on.’
    • ‘At the same time several of his aides were quoted in the press as saying he was considering defecting.’
    • ‘Indeed such a suggestion is inconsistent with several of the paragraphs in question.’
    • ‘After all, several of the crew were killed in the torpedo attack and the ship is a war grave.’
    • ‘The young mother moved to Glasgow with her family from Pakistan several years ago.’
    • ‘This dreamer received a promotion when several others in her department were laid off.’
    • ‘We have forced a lower council tax rate on them while delivering several of our key initiatives.’
    • ‘Mr Ahmed estimates it will cost him several hundred pounds to repair the damage.’
    • ‘Last week several of the accused companies also said that their product is not at fault.’
    • ‘In many ways she became his muse, and his love for her is commemorated in several of his later works.’
    • ‘One of the stories featured a mad old hag who lived in a cave in the North of England several hundred years ago.’
    • ‘Kenyon was chased and detained by the pub landlord and several of his customers.’
    • ‘The appeal will receive a major boost from several fundraising drives in September.’
    • ‘It seems that several of the earlier philosophers had concluded that the Earth is a globe.’
    • ‘She also shops for several other neighbours who have difficulty managing on their own.’
    • ‘The issues you have raised have been addressed at these meetings several times and are a concern.’
    some, a number of, a few, not very many, a handful of, a small group of, various, a variety of, assorted, sundry, diverse
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adjective

  • 1Separate or respective.

    ‘the two levels of government sort out their several responsibilities’
    respective, individual, own, particular, specific
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    1. 1.1Law Applied or regarded separately.
      Often contrasted with joint

Usage

See various

Origin

Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French, from medieval Latin separalis, from Latin separ ‘separate, different’.

Pronunciation

several

/ˈsev(ə)rəl//ˈsɛv(ə)rəl/