Definition of someone in English:



  • 1An unknown or unspecified person; some person.

    ‘there's someone at the door’
    ‘someone from the audience shouted out’
    • ‘You know what happens if you tell someone a loved one has been admitted to hospital?’
    • ‘Almost every hour of every day someone in France sets off on a car journey never to return.’
    • ‘I think the first time I heard of it was when someone knocked on the door of my room at tea time.’
    • ‘It looked like someone had taken a very sharp pair of scissors and cut the disc up.’
    • ‘That way, if you that someone liked a film, you could look up and see what else they liked.’
    • ‘David is someone who so clearly loves his work, and it was a real pleasure to hear him speak.’
    • ‘The opposite scenario would be if one were taking a picture of someone in a spotlight.’
    • ‘We were all cold and my hands were feeling as if someone had slammed a door on them.’
    • ‘If someone comes to the door, do they know not to answer it or answer with the chain on?’
    • ‘How would he like it if someone rang him and put on a creepy voice which you couldn't talk back to?’
    • ‘What advice would you give to someone new to London getting on a night bus for the first time?’
    • ‘Maria, you are young and therefore not as good a judge of character as someone of my age.’
    • ‘Do they really want someone at the shop door smiling and saying hello as they walk in?’
    • ‘I also had someone telling me that you cannot be friends if you never meet each other.’
    • ‘Some watches and cigars were also missing after someone forced a back door to get in.’
    • ‘The bulk of the world had yet to discover the joys of pretending to be someone you're not.’
    • ‘So, if you have one, or know someone who does, do you know where to get bags and filters?’
    • ‘Not long ago someone told me that it's letting go of any hope that the past can be different.’
    • ‘They want government to provide a benefit and they want someone else to pick up the bill.’
    • ‘Would you rather pick up the phone and call someone or write them an e-mail or a letter?’
    person, individual, human being, somebody, someone
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  • 2A person of importance or authority.

    ‘a small-time lawyer keen to be someone’
    • ‘This man is a nobody and you shouldn't try to pretend he's a someone.’
    grandee, important person, vip, very important person, notable, notability, worthy, personage, luminary, public figure, pillar of society, leading light, leader, panjandrum
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