Definition of some in English:



  • 1An unspecified amount or number of.

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

    ‘she married some newspaper magnate twice her age’
    ‘there must be some mistake’
    ‘he's in some kind of trouble’
    • ‘Do web pages or rotting newspapers leave some kind of afterglow in the light of the universe?’
    • ‘A completely tired and wasted day stressing over whether some girl would text back.’
    • ‘I wish the mag well but they must get some kind of story archive onto the web sharpish.’
    • ‘But the matter of Rome is so long a story that every era can find some kind of mirror in it.’
    • ‘Pensions, according to our government, are some kind of luxury provided by the state.’
    • ‘If only they'd attached some kind of story to it, it would have been far, far better.’
    • ‘The NCC could well be lurking near the entrance ready to mount some kind of attack.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Most people have no doubt that they are a money spinner and in some part of the country they are being pulled down.’
    • ‘So it felt to me as though the place were moving towards some kind of greater democracy.’
    • ‘They seemed to be ranting and raving at each other about some kind of mistake.’
    • ‘It takes five to six venues in some kind of logical sequence to make for a successful tour.’
    • ‘If you have one, use some kind of protective barrier between your mouth and the patient's.’
    • ‘Colour always gives some kind of emotional response, and green is no exception.’
    • ‘We must also consider the potential for some lunatic to introduce a form of germ warfare.’
    • ‘We are in talks at the moment with the health board to set up some kind of service for the elderly.’
    • ‘As a Syrsis he must have some kind of power, it was said in every legend and enough hints had been dropped.’
    • ‘It must surely be some kind of guard to talk so incessantly without pause or prompting?’
    • ‘It would be a mistake to think that this is all some kind of anarchic attack on the Establishment.’
    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.’
    • ‘All he has to do is wait some thirty years for his actual death to catch up with him.’
    • ‘Still gripping the foot he spun around and released, launching Hark some thirty feet.’
    • ‘This was an order of some thirty houses, of which the majority were for canons only.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 4A considerable amount or number of.

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

    ‘he liked some music but generally wasn't musical’
    • ‘This presumably included Neapolitans but at least they have some nice love songs and this is one.’
    • ‘At least some organisations wait until December to hold their Christmas events.’
    • ‘In some eyes at least, it amounted to a single civilizational complex or world system.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I want to be in charge or at least have some degree of say in how it is being run.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You'd think his talents would give him at least some benefit in the situations where he ends up in combat.’
    • ‘By the time the conclave meets there is likely to be at least some consensus over the leading contenders.’
    • ‘Friends of Hendrie say that some people consider him to be arrogant and superior.’
    • ‘After all, the latter will at least give me some satisfaction, and will probably do more good.’
    • ‘It was not a good exchange but at least some people got filthy rich from the dealings.’
    • ‘They did it for you, you can at least show some respect for their sacrifices.’
    • ‘It's a quality that suggests she will keep at least some control over the image being created for her.’
    • ‘You need to give some thought and consideration to the type of make-up you use.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, we should at least expect some caprice or cunning from our thieves.’
    • ‘If it carried a bit of Pentecostal hill-melting at least it would involve some passion.’
    • ‘This offers the prospect of at least some reform of labour market regulation.’
    • ‘So being listed was of benefit to owners as at least some grant aid was available to them.’
  • 6Expressing 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. 6.1Used ironically to express disapproval or disbelief.
      ‘Mr. Power gave his stock reply. Some help’
      • ‘Some chance of that happening!’


  • 1An unspecified number or amount of people or things.

    ‘here are some of our suggestions’
    ‘if you want whiskey I'll give you some’
    • ‘Some of the tales are clearly Buddhist in origin, some are taken from earlier folklore.’
    • ‘Some of what we call horns and antlers are made of keratin, and some are made of calcium.’
    • ‘There was a time when some of the shopkeepers made a living, and some bought the premises they traded in.’
    • ‘Some of the things which are done by a man like us are intellectual, and some are sensible and bodily.’
    • ‘Indeed, some have turned out to be British citizens who were living here perfectly legally.’
    • ‘He might be able to take some of them to a different level of performance.’
    • ‘Some of the groups are very radical indeed - and some want to provoke the countries into war.’
    • ‘While some have migrated, there are scores who have decided to stay put and fight on.’
    • ‘This will a great free day out watching some of the finest trials riders doing something different.’
    • ‘Some of these changes have had a positive effect on rural Carlow while some have not.’
    • ‘I think some have not been as strong in denouncing these acts as they should have been.’
    • ‘There were some that were signed by both of us, and there were others that were unsigned, and he now has them all.’
    • ‘It seems to consist of three flavours and, after every bite, the boy then smears some on his chest.’
    • ‘Some of the coins were made into boxes with one or two coins, and some were put in to plaques.’
    • ‘A large number of protesters were drinking beer and wine, and some were obviously drunk.’
    • ‘Many of these people are pensioners and young families, some on low incomes and often without a car.’
    • ‘Instead it is a rejection of the view of some on the left that socialism consists of a defeat of liberal democracy.’
    • ‘Some parts were scary, and some were confusing at first but it all makes sense in the end.’
    • ‘Moreover, there has never been anything on the web that some people have liked and some haven't.’
    • ‘Some of the songs are about me, some are not but I don't want people to know which ones!’
  • 2At least a small amount or number of people or things.

    ‘surely some have noticed’
    • ‘The rot at the top overshadows what some see as a bright spot in the banking sector.’
    • ‘I went over to the fountain in the center of the chamber and splashed some on my face and neck.’
    • ‘In fact every tree and shrub in the garden is in bud at least, and some are coming into leaf.’
    • ‘For some at least, greater opportunity and reward may seem to be offered by a criminal career.’
    • ‘I've been more or less absent from these pages for a couple of months now, as some have noticed.’
    • ‘It's true, some were old and out of date - but at least they were there to be borrowed.’
    • ‘Those who took part in the silence kept quiet for at least one hour - and some for as long as three hours.’
    • ‘It was an issue of substance at a time when military action to some at least had become inevitable.’
    • ‘The young leaves of my magnolia look tattered and some have pale spots on the surface.’
    • ‘Let us hope when it is illuminated that at least some of the philistines might see what the fuss is about.’
    • ‘And yet it seems that at least some on the list had not consented to things being handed over.’
    • ‘Respect is a big word amongst the young, but at least some of them show remarkably little of it for anyone else.’
    • ‘In the morning when it has dropped its flowers, some feel the tree appears to look sad.’
    • ‘At least some in the industry still recognise its importance as the railway capital of the North.’
    • ‘The pupils said at least half the school had left but some had drifted back.’
    • ‘However, we also know that some are in or near centres of population.’
    • ‘It appeared that at least some had been rendered unconscious by the gas before being shot.’
    • ‘I was not in the best position to cast to the fish but at least some were in front of me.’
    • ‘Was noticing how excited some on the right seem to be about the riots in Paris suburbs.’
    position, place, niche, slot, space
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North American
  • To some extent; somewhat.

    ‘when you get to the majors, the rules change some’
    • ‘The second time the rules change some.’
    a little, a bit, a little bit, to a limited degree, to a limited extent, to a certain degree, to some extent, to some degree, in some measure, rather, quite, within limits
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  • and then some

    • informal And plenty more than that.

      ‘we got our money's worth and then some’
      • ‘Four decades later, that ambition has been realised, 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.’
      • ‘The bride was able to cover her meal, her drinks and then some out of the money she made.’
      • ‘Now the sun will supply enough light to illuminate half the world at one sitting, so there's plenty of power and then some.’
      • ‘After we'd done all we could possibly think of and then some, I yanked on the pull cord.’
      • ‘It was exactly what the boy in blue suspected, and then some.’
      • ‘Bowie would have to use the rest of his career - and then some - just to get even.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I've put on all the weight I lost during last year's diet, and then some.’
  • some few

    • Some but not many.

      ‘some few people are born without any sense of time’
      • ‘We like the Nigerians, but we want some few Americans or British, to help them out and ensure the stability of our country.’
      • ‘In some few principles, or perhaps in one simple principle, they all united.’
      • ‘I see no sign of let up - some few deserters - plenty tired of war, but the masses determined to fight it out.’
      • ‘This is because some few hundred vegetable, fruit and grocery vendors set up shop here from the wee hours (as they have been doing for over two decades) and by residents' consensus, the leftover wares of the day are left behind.’
      • ‘Remember how long the regime for paying for hospital treatment lasted when it affected the whole population - some few months - until everyone knew someone that had been asked to pay and decided that it was not acceptable.’
      • ‘I unreservedly apologise on behalf of brother priests and religious [members of the church community] for the hurt that has been done by some few of our number.’
      • ‘Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.’
      • ‘I was with your husband just some few hours ago and he told me about the mealie meal issue you were discussing early this morning.’
      • ‘Despite these well-documented stories, there are still some few people who cling to the small hope that they can have a ‘normal life’ - as they believe it.’
      • ‘There are some few Englishmen who treat ignorant public opinion with the contempt that it deserves - and I am one of them.’
  • some little

    • A considerable amount of.

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


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