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  1. PRON-INDEF: oft PRON adj, PRON adj about n You use something to refer to a thing, situation, event, or idea, without saying exactly what it is.

  2. PRON-INDEF: PRON prep You can use something to say that the description or amount that you are giving is not exact.

  3. PRON-INDEF If you say that a person or thing is something or is really something, you mean that you are very impressed by them. [INFORMAL]

  4. PRON-INDEF You can use something in expressions like `that's something' when you think that a situation is not very good but is better that it might have been.

  5. PRON-INDEF: PRON of n If you say that a thing is something of a disappointment, you mean that it is quite disappointing. If you say that a person is something of an artist, you mean that they are quite good at art.

  6. PRON-INDEF: PRON in n If you say that there is something in an idea or suggestion, you mean that it is quite good and should be considered seriously.

  7. PRON-INDEF (vagueness) You use something in expressions such as `or something' and `or something like that' to indicate that you are referring to something similar to what you have just mentioned but you are not being exact.

  8. something like see like

    something or other see other

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sʌ̱mθɪŋAdjectivePRON-INDEF: oft PRON, PRON about You use something to refer to a thing, situation, event, or idea, without saying exactly what it is.Examples

He realized right away that there was something wrong...
There was something vaguely familiar about him...
The garden was something special...
`You said there was something you wanted to ask me,' he said politely...
There was something in her attitude that bothered him...
People are always out in their cars, watching television or busy doing something else.

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Common casesomething*somethings
Possessive casesomething's*somethings'


pronoun, singular, 3rd person, personal
Common casesomething, *somethin', *somethin, *someth', *someth
Possessive casesomething's