Definition of such in US English:

such

determiner, pronoun, & 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’
    • ‘Another such occasion was when a woman with three dogs, decided to let one of them off the lead.’
    • ‘Why would such a patent democrat and friend of freedom engage such a course of action?’
    • ‘There are few executives with a wit or the patience to withstand such a showing.’
    • ‘It did not feel right that such patients should actually be in with very elderly patients.’
    • ‘Ann is not often completely disappointed in our ventures but this was one such occasion.’
    • ‘It was the absolute very least I could do to throw him a party on such an occasion.’
    • ‘In fact she was only the fourth woman to receive such a degree in the whole of North America.’
    • ‘The guidelines say that such patients are at high risk of a full stroke within a month.’
    • ‘The authors attempt to justify the diagnosis of allodynia in just such a patient.’
    • ‘They light up the night sky like a beautiful but harmless fire, if such a thing existed.’
    • ‘Any such cost will of course have to be met by the people and friends of All Saints!’
    • ‘Literary agents are queuing up to sign on young writers from such courses, she says.’
    • ‘As such, fans of such music will probably quickly fall in love with her crisp style.’
    • ‘It is the first time that an English cathedral has sent any of its personnel on such a course.’
    • ‘On one such occasion he actually sat in the newsroom and typed out his stuff there and then.’
    • ‘At no previous stage this season have Celtic had such a lead in the championship race.’
    • ‘It points out how the whole care team can help with such patients' medical and social needs.’
    • ‘They could never progress to plane solutions since we know that such are impossible.’
    • ‘As is often the case in such volumes, the quality of the articles is a bit uneven.’
    • ‘My home is beautiful and I have lovely children who have been spared such suffering.’
  • 2such — as/thatOf 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’
    • ‘It narrows to such a degree that there is a risk of becoming wedged by the surge.’
    • ‘Someone sitting near me was shining his shoes to such a degree he could see his face on them.’
    • ‘Inside the closet she was astounded to find a beautiful dress of such fabric she had never seen.’
    • ‘Dr Keeling had never encountered such a degree of bleeding as shown in the photographs.’
    • ‘Of course there is such a thing as truth, though sometimes it is far from easy to spot.’
  • 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 favorite of designers’
    • ‘The team were given their sandwiches and champagne aboard the bus such were the crowds.’
    • ‘Such a beautiful girl in such a run down place was surely something he'd not seen.’
    • ‘As he teed off on the eighth hole such was the pain he had to immediately release his club.’
    • ‘It had been such a wonderful day and the beautiful evening was its crowning glory.’
    • ‘I had to have a bit of a sit-down and a stiff drink before I replied, such was the shock.’
    • ‘Amy says she cannot believe how well she is running at such an early stage of the season.’
    • ‘There have been more entries that we have ever seen before, and they are of such high quality.’
    • ‘It's a very simple concept for such a very complex and admittedly beautiful work of art.’
    • ‘There was no log fire lit this time, but it wasn't needed on a such a mild and sunny autumn afternoon.’
    • ‘You can reach the legal limit in almost every one of the five gears, such is the spread of torque.’
    • ‘For him this was the end of a season that began with such promise and ended with nothing.’
    • ‘When he sang all looked at him and could not look away, for such was the beauty of his voice and face.’
    • ‘Angel had sent Fay outside and was talking to him with such patience that I felt a flush of pride.’
    • ‘Gooseberries have such a short season, and I love to combine them with the oily fish.’
    • ‘Parliament won the day, but such was the confusion neither side was quite sure who had won.’
    • ‘Legend also has it that he sat on the ball at one stage, such was Scotland's dominance.’
    • ‘None could fail to be moved by the professional quality of all the music in such a lovely setting.’
    • ‘We might as well have been in Paris or Rome, such was the beauty and magnificence of our trip.’
    • ‘It is such a beautiful opera and I hum along and wish it would last a lot longer than it does.’
    • ‘Already the sweat is dripping off the faces of the athletes, such is the heat on the course.’

Phrases

  • and such

    • And similar things.

      ‘he had activities like the scouts and Sunday school and such’
      • ‘He grovelled for a while, asking me how I was and such, and then he sprung the question.’
      • ‘A zillion things went through my head as we went through the course outline and such.’
      • ‘The average review score is four stars, and there are the usual tributes to the beautiful writing and such.’
      • ‘That means after all is said and done with spending and such, they still have money left over.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But in order to get a new job I need more free time so as to be able to pick up shifts and such.’
      • ‘It had its faults in the pretentious overacting and such, but it was as great as Hollywood movies can get.’
      • ‘How screws and such can work loose when a piece of equipment is left undisturbed and unused I do not know.’
      • ‘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.’
  • as such

    • often with negativeIn the exact sense of the word.

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

    • Used to refer vaguely to a person or thing that does not need to be specified.

      ‘they'll want to know what actor played such-and-such a character’
      • ‘In a biography, one expects to be told that so-and-so first met his best friend at such-and-such a place.’
      • ‘As I met people, I started making notes to have such-and-such an actor come back to read for such-and-such a part.’
      • ‘I would get rid of advertisements that suggest if you don't buy such-and-such a product your children won't be able to grow up healthy, or that when you reach a certain age some bad thing is going to happen to you.’
      • ‘It always bothers me when someone asks me if I know such-and-such and I say, ‘no’ only to receive the reaction of disgust and disbelief.’
      • ‘The principle is that I should be able to look along a shelf, get the idea that that run of books is mainly on such-and-such a topic, or by such-and-such an author, then have another book come to mind - and it's right there, next on the shelf.’
      • ‘Astronomy, in comparison, makes explicit, specific predictions about what will occur in the sky on such-and-such a date, in such-and-such a place.’
      • ‘At the beginning of the broadcast, a voiceover made the announcement that So-and-So, who played such-and-such a character was off for a while, and that her mother was playing her character until she returned.’
      • ‘We all say we've read such-and-such a novel when we haven't.’
      • ‘How many times have you read that such-and-such a celebrity ‘does yoga’, and that it has ‘changed their life’?’
      • ‘I'm always a little suspicious of such claims… and not just because it seems quite possible for someone to take an old piece of clothing and claim that so-and-so wore it in such-and-such a film.’
  • such as

    • 1For example.

      ‘wildflowers such as daisies and red clover’
      • ‘Insurance covers specific events such as storm or flood, but never general wear and tear.’
      • ‘Instead of potatoes with your evening meal, opt for a low carb option such as a salad.’
      • ‘The ban also prevents stadium owners from selling drink at other events such as concerts.’
      • ‘The funds invest in shares that pay high dividends, such as banks and utilities.’
      • ‘The historic rooms are home to small shows and cultural events such as talks and seminars.’
      • ‘Daily events such as our Gaelic taster workshops and Celtic dancing are sold out.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The software can be used for a variety of tasks such as file management, file sharing and work flow.’
      • ‘Serve as a dip with vegetables or fruit such as apple or pear wedges or banana slices.’
      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’
      • ‘You only have to look at recent events such as what has happened in Switzerland and France.’
      • ‘The negotiations for a lease such as occurred in the present case are only one example.’
      • ‘Now he stands on the eve of his most testing hour and on the brink of fame such as few have ever enjoyed.’
      • ‘It was his opinion that the injury was not such as would cause the plaintiff to lose the nail.’
      • ‘You have to make a study of my behavior, such as a spouse will do, much to your dismay at times.’
      • ‘Now why is that not enough to establish a case for privacy such as a corporation can enjoy?’
  • such as it is (or they are)

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

      ‘the law, such as it is, will be respected’
      • ‘The plot, such as it is, can be summarised quickly enough.’
      • ‘I started recording some of my own compositions, such as they are, and suffered extreme stumble-fingeredness.’
      • ‘Well, I can't be everywhere, but I can offer my financial advice, such as it is.’
      • ‘The tax cut, such as it is, was certainly still worth doing, experts say.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘So I had to take my career and talents, such as they are, elsewhere.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘All the big announcements, such as they are, have to be made by him.’
      • ‘And the lessons of history, such as they are, are ominously disturbing.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘Once he had a child, he comforted himself, he could leave ‘somebody behind him to remember that such a one once was.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Show me this marvellous leader, if such a one exists.’
      • ‘Isadora's quest for the perfect man ends in the realisation that there isn't such a one.’
      • ‘So many environmental scare stories, over the years; I never dreamed of such a one as this.’
      • ‘Alas, I cannot fulfil those dreams of a charming man and I offer no affectations of 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘His autism is such that it restricts his ability to handle even the most basic social situation.’
      • ‘His self-assurance is such that he can never help himself pointing out the flaws in others.’
      • ‘My grief was such that I wanted to go somewhere where I didn't know anybody at all.’
      • ‘The popularity of the song was such that it was repeatedly played at the festival venue.’
      • ‘The demand for tickets was such that hundreds of people were turned away at the door.’
      • ‘This enthusiasm is such that it is bound to make it easier to obtain permission for the likes of wind farms.’
      • ‘The quality of the reprints was such that the photos appeared to have lost nothing due to the passage of time.’
      • ‘The outcry was such that something had to be done and be seen to be done.’
      • ‘The ferocity of the assault was such that he passed out and remembers nothing further of the attack.’
      • ‘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

/sətʃ//səCH/