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Definition 1: (quantifier) used with either mass nouns or plural count nouns to indicate an unspecified number or quantity - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where some or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • have some milk
  • some roses were still blooming
  • having some friends over
  • some apples
  • some paper

(some is similar to ...) one or some or every or all without specification

"give me any peaches you don't want" "not any milk is left" "any child would know that" "pick any card" "any day now" "cars can be rented at almost any airport" "at twilight or any other time" "beyond any doubt" "need any help we can get" "give me whatever peaches you don't want" "no milk whatsoever is left"

(some is similar to ...) (used with count nouns) two considered together; the two

"both girls are pretty"

(some is similar to ...) (used with count nouns) of an indefinite number more than 2 or 3 but not many

"several letters came in the mail" "several people were injured in the accident"

(means also ...) a quantifier that can be used with count nouns and is often preceded by `as' or `too' or `so' or `that'; amounting to a large but indefinite number

"many temptations" "the temptations are many" "a good many" "a great many" "many directions" "take as many apples as you like" "too many clouds to see" "never saw so many people"

(means also ...) a quantifier that can be used with count nouns and is often preceded by `a'; a small but indefinite number

"a few weeks ago" "a few more wagons than usual" "an invalid's pleasures are few and far between" "few roses were still blooming" "few women have led troops in battle"

Definition 2: (of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where some or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • lasted approximately an hour
  • in just about a minute
  • he's about 30 years old
  • I've had about all I can stand
  • we meet about once a month
  • some forty people came
  • weighs around a hundred pounds
  • roughly $3,000
  • holds 3 gallons, more or less
  • 20 or so people were at the party

Synonyms for some in the sense of this definition

Definition 3: remarkable - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where some or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • that was some party
  • she is some skier

(some is similar to ...) beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable

"extraordinary authority" "an extraordinary achievement" "her extraordinary beauty" "enjoyed extraordinary popularity" "an extraordinary capacity for work" "an extraordinary session of the legislature"

(some is used in the usage domain ...) a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech

(some is used in the usage domain ...) a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves)

"they don't speak our lingo"

Definition 4: relatively many but unspecified in number - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where some or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they were here for some weeks
  • we did not meet again for some years

(some is similar to ...) a quantifier that can be used with count nouns and is often preceded by `as' or `too' or `so' or `that'; amounting to a large but indefinite number

"many temptations" "the temptations are many" "a good many" "a great many" "many directions" "take as many apples as you like" "too many clouds to see" "never saw so many people"

Definition 5: relatively much but unspecified in amount or extent - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where some or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • we talked for some time
  • he was still some distance away

(some is similar to ...) (quantifier used with mass nouns) great in quantity or degree or extent

"not much rain" "much affection" "much grain is in storage"

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