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Pronunciation: (sum; unstressed sum), [key]
1. being an undetermined or unspecified one: Some person may object.
2. (used with plural nouns) certain: Some days I stay home.
3. of a certain unspecified number, amount, degree, etc.: to some extent.
4. unspecified but considerable in number, amount, degree, etc.: We talked for some time. He was here some weeks.
5. Informal.of impressive or remarkable quality, consequence, extent, etc.: That was some storm.

1. certain persons, individuals, instances, etc., not specified: Some think he is dead.
2. an unspecified number, amount, etc., as distinguished from the rest or in addition: He paid a thousand dollars and then some.

1. (used with numerals and with words expressing degree, extent, etc.) approximately; about: Some 300 were present.
2. Informal.to some degree or extent; somewhat: I like baseball some. She is feeling some better today.
3. Informal.to a great degree or extent; considerably: That's going some.


a native English suffix formerly used in the formation of adjectives: quarrelsome; burdensome.


a collective suffix used with numerals: twosome; threesome.


a combining form meaning “body,” used in the formation of compound words: chromosome. Also,-soma.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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