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 (sŭm′wŭn′, -wən)
An unspecified or unknown person.
A person of importance: He really thinks he's someone.
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(ˈsʌmˌwʌn; -wən)
some person; somebody
Usage: Someone and somebody are interchangeable, as are everyone and everybody, and no-one and nobody.
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(ˈsʌmˌwʌn, -wən)

some person; somebody.
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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.someone - a human beingsomeone - 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 somebody, SOME1 (S.M.S.), S/O (S.M.S.), SUM1 (S.M.S.) There's someone at the door.
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Informal. An important, influential person:
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شَخْصٌ ذو أهَمِيَّهشَخْصٌ ماشَخْصٌ مَا
en eller andennogen
jemandein düsteres Bild zeichnen
birisiönemli birisibir kimse
người nào đó


[ˈsʌmwʌn] pron
(= an unspecified person) → quelqu'un
Someone stole my bag → Quelqu'un a volé mon sac.
someone or other → une personne ou une autre, quelqu'un
(= an important person) → quelqu'un
He was someone in this town → Il était quelqu'un dans cette ville.
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


(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.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.


شَخْصٌ مَا někdo nogen 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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References in classic literature ?
For it's not enough to have teachers, there must be someone to look after them, just as on your land you want laborers and an overseer.
As the husband had to drive to meet someone on official business, while the wife had to go to the concert and some public meeting of a committee on the Eastern Question, there was a great deal to consider and settle.
They express the consciousness that you have no enemy to punish, but that you have pain; the consciousness that in spite of all possible Wagenheims you are in complete slavery to your teeth; that if someone wishes it, your teeth will leave off aching, and if he does not, they will go on aching another three months; and that finally if you are still contumacious and still protest, all that is left you for your own gratification is to thrash yourself or beat your wall with your fist as hard as you can, and absolutely nothing more.
Someone seems to be very deeply interested in your movements." Out of the envelope he took a half-sheet of foolscap paper folded into four.
"No, sir, but it might very well come from someone who was convinced that the business is supernatural."
She feared to look round, it seemed to her that someone was there standing behind the screen in the dark corner.
Mademoiselle Bourienne walked up and down the conservatory for a long time that evening, vainly expecting someone, now smiling at someone, now working herself up to tears with the imaginary words of her pauvre mere rebuking her for her fall.
But when it is necessary for him to proceed against the life of someone, he must do it on proper justification and for manifest cause, but above all things he must keep his hands off the property of others, because men more quickly forget the death of their father than the loss of their patrimony.
A MAN who had been bitten by a Dog went about in quest of someone who might heal him.
A LAWYER in whom an instinct of justice had survived the wreck of his ignorance of law was retained for the defence of a burglar whom the police had taken after a desperate struggle with someone not in custody.
The man was so intent on watching someone, or something, that he did not guard against being himself watched.
It was not long before someone knocked at the house-door and called: