Definition of such in English:

such

pronoun, predeterminer, & determiner

  • 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 favorite 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.’
      • ‘That means after all is said and done with spending and such, they still have money left over.’
      • ‘The average review score is four stars, and there are the usual tributes to the beautiful writing and such.’
      • ‘A zillion things went through my head as we went through the course outline and such.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He grovelled for a while, asking me how I was and such, and then he sprung the question.’
      • ‘It had its faults in the pretentious overacting and such, but it was as great as Hollywood movies can get.’
      • ‘You'll find primitive bridges and such all along the routes taken by the old pack horse caravans.’
  • 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Otley is still a market town and, as such, should be drawing shoppers and other trade into it.’
      • ‘He further went on to say that he was going to organise Freeport as a model city and run it as such.’
      • ‘The club is a facility for all the youth in the area and as such all are welcome to drop in any night.’
      • ‘Queens Drive is a clearway and as such is not to be used for parking, as defined in the highway code.’
      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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘How many times have you read that such-and-such a celebrity ‘does yoga’, and that it has ‘changed their life’?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We all say we've read such-and-such a novel when we haven't.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In a biography, one expects to be told that so-and-so first met his best friend at such-and-such a place.’
  • such as

    • 1For example.

      ‘wildflowers such as daisies and red clover’
      • ‘The software can be used for a variety of tasks such as file management, file sharing and work flow.’
      • ‘The historic rooms are home to small shows and cultural events such as talks and seminars.’
      • ‘Serve as a dip with vegetables or fruit such as apple or pear wedges or banana slices.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Instead of potatoes with your evening meal, opt for a low carb option such as a salad.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘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 why is that not enough to establish a case for privacy such as a corporation can enjoy?’
      • ‘You have to make a study of my behavior, such as a spouse will do, much to your dismay at times.’
      • ‘Now he stands on the eve of his most testing hour and on the brink of fame such as few have ever enjoyed.’
      • ‘The negotiations for a lease such as occurred in the present case are only one example.’
  • 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’
      • ‘And the lessons of history, such as they are, are ominously disturbing.’
      • ‘So I had to take my career and talents, such as they are, elsewhere.’
      • ‘Writing a book, he need only satisfy the standards - such as they are - of his New York publishing house.’
      • ‘The plot, such as it is, can be summarised quickly enough.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I started recording some of my own compositions, such as they are, and suffered extreme stumble-fingeredness.’
      • ‘The tax cut, such as it is, was certainly still worth doing, experts say.’
      • ‘All the big announcements, such as they are, have to be made by him.’
      • ‘Well, I can't be everywhere, but I can offer my financial advice, such as it is.’
  • such a one

    • Such a person or thing.

      ‘what was the reward for such a one as Fox?’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Alas, I cannot fulfil those dreams of a charming man and I offer no affectations of such a one.’
      • ‘Isadora's quest for the perfect man ends in the realisation that there isn't such a one.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘His self-assurance is such that he can never help himself pointing out the flaws in others.’
      • ‘This enthusiasm is such that it is bound to make it easier to obtain permission for the likes of wind farms.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The quality of the reprints was such that the photos appeared to have lost nothing due to the passage of time.’
      • ‘My grief was such that I wanted to go somewhere where I didn't know anybody at all.’
      • ‘My naivety about property prices is such that I thought I'd discovered a new bit of London.’
      • ‘The popularity of the song was such that it was repeatedly played at the festival venue.’
      • ‘His autism is such that it restricts his ability to handle even the most basic social situation.’
      • ‘The demand for tickets was such that hundreds of people were turned away at the door.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

such

/səCH/