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some

  
1       det   You use some to refer to a quantity of something or to a number of people or things, when you are not stating the quantity or number precisely.  
DET n-uncount/pl-n  
Robin opened some champagne..., He went to fetch some books..., Some children refuse to eat at all and others overeat.     
      Some is also a pronoun., pron  
This year all the apples are all red. My niece and nephew are going out this morning with step-ladders to pick some.     
2       det   You use some to emphasize that a quantity or number is fairly large. For example, if an activity takes some time, it takes quite a lot of time.  
DET n-uncount/pl-n     (emphasis)    The question of local government finance has been the subject of debate for some years..., I have discussed this topic in some detail..., He remained silent for some time..., It took some effort to conceal her relief.     
3       det   You use some to emphasize that a quantity or number is fairly small. For example, if something happens to some extent, it happens a little.  
DET n-uncount/sing-n     (emphasis)    `Isn't there some chance that William might lead a normal life?' asked Jill..., All mothers share to some extent in the tension of a wedding..., Some fishing is still allowed, but limits have been imposed on the size of the catch.     
4       quant   If you refer to some of the people or things in a group, you mean a few of them but not all of them. If you refer to some of a particular thing, you mean a part of it but not all of it.  
QUANT of n-uncount/pl-n     (Antonym: all)    Some of the people already in work will lose their jobs..., Remove the cover and spoon some of the sauce into a bowl..., Some of us are sensitive to smells, others find colours easier to remember.     
      Some is also a pronoun., pron  
When the chicken is cooked I'll freeze some.     
5       det   If you refer to some person or thing, you are referring to that person or thing but in a vague way, without stating precisely which person or thing you mean.  
DET sing-n     (vagueness)    If you are worried about some aspect of your child's health, call us..., She always thinks some guy is going to come along and fix her life.     
6       adv   You can use some in front of a number to indicate that it is approximate.  
ADV num     (vagueness)    (=about)  
I have kept birds for some 30 years..., He waited some 80 to 100 yards from the big pink villa...     
7       adv   Some is used to mean to a small extent or degree.  
  (AM)   ADV after v  
If Susanne is off somewhere, I'll kill time by looking around some...     
8       det   You can use some in front of a noun in order to express your approval or disapproval of the person or thing you are mentioning.  
INFORMAL, feelings   `Some party!'<emdash>`Yep. One hell of a party.'     


some day      , someday  
Some day means at a date in the future that is unknown or that has not yet been decided.      adv   ADV with v, ADV with cl  
Some day I'll be a pilot...     
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
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exp.
lacking some financing
BUSINESS/FINANCE
n.
in American English, 'dirt' is what British people call 'soil' ('put some dirt in a plant pot'). In British English, dirt has the connotation of being dirty ('you've got some dirt on your shoe')
v.
to believe or say that some consequences, situation and event are caused by something else.
I always attribute my poor grades on all the math tests due to my stupidity.
n.
A moulding commonly used in framing oil paintings. The liner is fixed inside the frame and appears between the image and the outer frame. Generally made out of wood or some other hard material, the liner may have fabric glued down to it. Liners are to canvases what a mat/mount is to a print on paper
[Artwork framing] Polystyrene or wood liner. Fabric-covered liner. Linen liner. Gold liner.
n.
creative translation, translation involving some authoring, like translation of ads
n.
adding narrative to a topic ; transforming some facts into a story

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