American English

Definition of something pronoun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1 a thing that is not known or mentioned by name We stopped for something to eat. Give me something to do. There's something wrong with the TV. There's something about this place that frightens me. Don't just stand there.Do something! His name is Alan something (= I don't know his last name). She's a professor of something or other (= I'm not sure what) at Amherst. He's something in (= has a job connected with) television. The car hit a tree or something. I could just eat a little something. The difference between something and anything is the same as the difference between some and any. Look at the notes there.
  2. 2(informal) a thing that is thought to be important or worth taking notice of There's something in (= some truth or some fact or opinion worth considering in) what he says. It's quite something (= a thing that you should feel happy about) to have a job at all these days. “We should finish by tomorrow.” “That's something (= a good thing), anyway.”
  3. 3 (informal) used to show that a description or an amount, etc. is not exact She called at something after ten o'clock. a new comedy aimed at thirty-somethings (= people between thirty and forty years old) It tastes something like melon. They pay twenty dollars an hour.Something like that. She found herself something of a (= to some degree a) celebrity. The program has something to do with (= in some way about) the environment. He gave her a wry look,something between amusement and regret.
  4. Idioms
    make something of yourself
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    to be successful in life
      something else
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    1. 1a different thing; another thing He said something else that I thought was interesting.
    2. 2(informal) a person, a thing, or an event that is much better than others of a similar type I've seen some fine players, but she's something else.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: something