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 (sŭm′bŏd′ē, -bŭd′ē, -bə-dē)
An unspecified or unknown person; someone. See Usage Note at he1.
n. pl. some·bod·ies
A person of importance: "Obviously she was somebody—a real presence in the room" (Oleg Cassini).
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some person; someone
n, pl -bodies
a person of greater importance than others: he seems to be somebody in this town.
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(ˈsʌmˌbɒd i, -ˌbʌd i, -bə di)

pron., n., pl. -bod•ies. pron.
1. some person.
2. a person of some note or importance.
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1. used in statements

You use someone or somebody to refer to a person without saying who you mean.

Carlos sent someone to see me.
There was an accident and somebody got hurt.

There is no difference in meaning between someone and somebody, but somebody is more common in spoken English, and someone is more common in written English.

Be Careful!
You don't usually use 'someone' or 'somebody' as part of the object of a negative sentence. Don't say, for example, 'I don't know someone who lives in York'. You say 'I don't know anyone who lives in York'.

There wasn't anyone there.
There wasn't much room for anybody else.
2. used in questions

In questions, you can use someone, somebody, anyone, or anybody as part of the object. You use someone or somebody when you are expecting the answer 'yes'. For example, if you think I met someone, you might ask me 'Did you meet someone?' If you do not know whether I met someone or not, you would ask 'Did you meet anyone?'

Marit, did you have someone in your room last night?
Was there anyone you knew at the party?

Be Careful!
Don't use 'someone' or 'somebody' with of in front of the plural form of a noun. Don't say, for example, 'Someone of my friends is an artist'. You say 'One of my friends is an artist'.

One of his classmates won a national poetry competition.
'Where have you been?' one of them asked.
3. 'some people'

Someone and somebody do not have plural forms. If you want to refer to a group of people without saying who you mean, you say some people.

Some people tried to escape through a window.
This behaviour may be annoying to some people.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.somebody - a human beingsomebody - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
organism, being - a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
causal agency, causal agent, cause - any entity that produces an effect or is responsible for events or results
personality - the complex of all the attributes--behavioral, temperamental, emotional and mental--that characterize a unique individual; "their different reactions reflected their very different personalities"; "it is his nature to help others"
chassis, bod, human body, material body, physical body, physique, build, anatomy, figure, flesh, frame, shape, soma, form - alternative names for the body of a human being; "Leonardo studied the human body"; "he has a strong physique"; "the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak"
people - (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively; "old people"; "there were at least 200 people in the audience"
self - a person considered as a unique individual; "one's own self"
adult, grownup - a fully developed person from maturity onward
adventurer, venturer - a person who enjoys taking risks
unusual person, anomaly - a person who is unusual
applicant, applier - a person who requests or seeks something such as assistance or employment or admission
appointee, appointment - a person who is appointed to a job or position
capitalist - a person who invests capital in a business (especially a large business)
captor, capturer - a person who captures and holds people or animals
changer, modifier - a person who changes something; "an inveterate changer of the menu"
color-blind person - a person unable to distinguish differences in hue
common man, common person, commoner - a person who holds no title
communicator - a person who communicates with others
contestant - a person who participates in competitions
coward - a person who shows fear or timidity
creator - a person who grows or makes or invents things
controversialist, disputant, eristic - a person who disputes; who is good at or enjoys controversy
applied scientist, engineer, technologist - a person who uses scientific knowledge to solve practical problems
entertainer - a person who tries to please or amuse
experimenter - a person who enjoys testing innovative ideas; "she was an experimenter in new forms of poetry"
expert - a person with special knowledge or ability who performs skillfully
face - a part of a person that is used to refer to a person; "he looked out at a roomful of faces"; "when he returned to work he met many new faces"
female person, female - a person who belongs to the sex that can have babies
individualist - a person who pursues independent thought or action
denizen, dweller, habitant, inhabitant, indweller - a person who inhabits a particular place
aborigine, indigen, indigene, native, aboriginal - an indigenous person who was born in a particular place; "the art of the natives of the northwest coast"; "the Canadian government scrapped plans to tax the grants to aboriginal college students"
native - a person born in a particular place or country; "he is a native of Brazil"
inexperienced person, innocent - a person who lacks knowledge of evil
intellectual, intellect - a person who uses the mind creatively
juvenile, juvenile person - a young person, not fully developed
lover - a person who loves someone or is loved by someone
loved one - a person who you love, usually a member of your family
leader - a person who rules or guides or inspires others
male person, male - a person who belongs to the sex that cannot have babies
money dealer, money handler - a person who receives or invests or pays out money
national, subject - a person who owes allegiance to that nation; "a monarch has a duty to his subjects"
nonreligious person - a person who does not manifest devotion to a deity
nonworker - a person who does nothing
compeer, equal, peer, match - a person who is of equal standing with another in a group
beholder, observer, perceiver, percipient - a person who becomes aware (of things or events) through the senses
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.


noun celebrity, big name, public figure, name, star, heavyweight (informal), notable, superstar, household name, dignitary, luminary, bigwig (informal), celeb (informal), big shot (informal), personage, megastar (informal), big wheel (slang), big noise (informal), big hitter (informal), heavy hitter (informal), person of note, V.I.P., someone He suddenly became a somebody.
nothing (informal), nobody, nonentity, lightweight (informal), also-ran, menial, cipher, non-person
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Informal. An important, influential person:
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احدشَخْصٌ ماشَخْصٌ مَا
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A. PRONalguien
there's somebody comingviene alguien
somebody knocked at the dooralguien llamó a la puerta
somebody speak to me!¡que alguien me diga algo!
I need somebody to help menecesito que alguien me ayude, necesito a alguien que me ayude
somebody Italianun italiano
somebody from the audiencealguien del público
we need somebody strong for thatnecesitamos a alguien fuerte para eso
you must have seen SOMEBODY!¡a alguien tienes que haber visto!
let somebody else trydeja que otro or otra persona or alguien más lo intente
somebody or otheralguien
somebody up there loves/hates metengo una buena/mala racha
B. N
to be somebodyser un personaje, ser alguien
he really thinks he's somebody doesn't he?realmente se cree alguien, ¿verdad?
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[ˈsʌmbədi] pron
(= an unspecified person) → quelqu'un
Somebody stole my bag → Quelqu'un a volé mon sac.
somebody or other → une personne ou une autre, quelqu'un
(= an important person) → quelqu'un
He was somebody in this town → Il était quelqu'un dans cette ville.some day someday [ˈsʌmdeɪ] advun jour
some day next week → dans le courant de la semaine prochaine
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pronjemand; (dir obj) → jemand(en); (indir obj) → jemandem; somebody elsejemand anders; somebody or otherirgendjemand; somebody knocked at the doores klopfte jemand an die Tür; we need somebody Germanwir brauchen einen Deutschen; everybody needs somebody to talk tojeder braucht einen, mit dem er sprechen kann; somebody or otherirgendjemand; you must have seen somebodySie müssen doch irgendjemand(en) gesehen haben
n to be (a) somebodyetwas vorstellen, wer (inf)or jemand sein; he thinks he’s somebody nower bildet sich (dat)ein, er wäre jetzt jemand or wer (inf)
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1. pronqualcuno
there's somebody coming → sta arrivando qualcuno
somebody knocked at the door → hanno bussato alla porta
somebody else → qualcun altro
somebody Italian → un italiano
somebody told me so → me l'ha detto qualcuno
somebody or other → qualcuno
2. n to be somebodyessere qualcuno
she thinks she's somebody → si crede importante
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(sam) pronoun, adjective
1. an indefinite amount or number (of). I can see some people walking across the field; You'll need some money if you're going shopping; Some of the ink was spilt on the desk.
2. (said with emphasis) a certain, or small, amount or number (of). `Has she any experience of the work?' `Yes, she has some.'; Some people like the idea and some don't.
3. (said with emphasis) at least one / a few / a bit (of). Surely there are some people who agree with me?; I don't need much rest from work, but I must have some.
4. certain. He's quite kind in some ways.
1. a large, considerable or impressive (amount or number of). I spent some time trying to convince her; I'll have some problem sorting out these papers!
2. an unidentified or unnamed (thing, person etc). She was hunting for some book that she's lost.
3. (used with numbers) about; at a rough estimate. There were some thirty people at the reception.
(American) somewhat; to a certain extent. I think we've progressed some.
ˈsomebody pronoun
ˈsomeday adverb
(also some day) at an unknown time in the future. We'll manage it someday.
ˈsomehow adverb
in some way not known for certain. I'll get there somehow.
ˈsomeone pronoun
1. an unknown or unnamed person. There's someone at the door – would you answer it?; We all know someone who needs help.
2. a person of importance. He thinks he is someone.
ˈsomething pronoun
1. a thing not known or not stated. Would you like something to eat?; I've got something to tell you.
2. a thing of importance. There's something in what you say.
ˈsometime adverb
at an unknown time in the future or the past. We'll go there sometime next week; They went sometime last month.
ˈsometimes adverb
occasionally. He sometimes goes to America; He goes to America sometimes; Sometimes he seems very forgetful.
ˈsomewhat adverb
rather; a little. He is somewhat sad; The news puzzled me somewhat.
ˈsomewhere adverb
(American ˈsomeplace) (in or to) some place not known or not named. They live somewhere in London; I won't be at home tonight – I'm going somewhere for dinner.
mean something
to have meaning; to be significant. Do all these figures mean something?
or something
used when the speaker is uncertain or being vague. Her name is Mary or Margaret or something.
something like
1. about. We have something like five hundred people working here.
2. rather like. A zebra is something like a horse with stripes.
something tells me
I have reason to believe; I suspect. Something tells me she's lying.
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شَخْصٌ مَا někdo nogle jemand κάποιος alguien joku quelqu’un netko qualcuno 誰か 누군가 iemand noen ktoś alguém кто-то någon บางคน birisi người nào đó 某人
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n. alguien;
___ elseotra persona.
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Somebody's pack has slid from his back, Wish it were only mine!
I went on, by finding suddenly that somebody was in the middle of a song.
My Father started--"What noise is that," (said he.) "It sounds like a loud rapping at the door"--(replied my Mother.) "it does indeed." (cried I.) "I am of your opinion; (said my Father) it certainly does appear to proceed from some uncommon violence exerted against our unoffending door." "Yes (exclaimed I) I cannot help thinking it must be somebody who knocks for admittance."
You're rich -- yes, -- suddenly rich -- for about a day, maybe a week; then somebody cor- ners the market on YOU, and down goes your bucket- shop; ain't that so, Sandy?"
He looked up kind of like he hoped some of us could mention somebody that could have a grudge against that harmless no-account, but of course it warn't no use--he HAD us; we couldn't say a word.
He had best make haste then, says I, or somebody will have her before he comes; and, indeed, says I, Mr Seagrim, it is a thousand pities somebody should not have her; for he certainly loves her above all the women in the world.
As the knocking, however, instead of accommodating itself to his lazy state, increased in vigour and became more importunate, as if in earnest remonstrance against his falling asleep again, now that he had once opened his eyes, Daniel Quilp began by degrees to comprehend the possibility of there being somebody at the door; and thus he gradually came to recollect that it was Friday morning, and he had ordered Mrs Quilp to be in waiting upon him at an early hour.
He was charmed to see me, said he had been shedding delicious tears of joy and sympathy at intervals for six weeks on my account, had never been so happy as in hearing of my progress, began to understand the mixture of good and evil in the world now, felt that he appreciated health the more when somebody else was ill, didn't know but what it might be in the scheme of things that A should squint to make B happier in looking straight or that C should carry a wooden leg to make D better satisfied with his flesh and blood in a silk stocking.
They talked it over, and they was going to rule me out, because they said every boy must have a family or somebody to kill, or else it wouldn't be fair and square for the others.
Now, you get a bit of paper and write down, J., and you get the grocery catalogue, George, and somebody give me a bit of pencil, and then I'll make out a list."
'You know he meant all along to carry off that one!' said Dennis, indicating Dolly by the slightest possible jerk of his head:--'And to hand you over to somebody else.'
She was always taking little houses for somebody's good, for the sick or the sorry, for broken-down artists, cleaned- out gamblers, temporarily unlucky speculators - VIEUX AMIS - old friends, as she used to explain apologetically, with a shrug of her fine shoulders.

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