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at an unstated or indefinite time: Come up and see me sometime.
Not to be confused with:
some time – a little time; a short while: I need some time away from my business.
sometimes – now and then, at times: Sometimes I prefer the beach in the winter.
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1. At an indefinite or unstated time: I'll meet you sometime this afternoon.
2. At an indefinite time in the future: Let's get together sometime.
3. Archaic Formerly.
4. Obsolete At times; sometimes.
1. Having been at some prior time; former: a sometime secretary.
2. Usage Problem Occasional.
Usage Note: Since the 15th century people have used sometime as an adjective to mean "former," as in our sometime colleague. Since the 1930s people have also used it to mean "occasional," as in Duquette decided to trade Everett, the team's sometime star and sometime problem child. Evidence suggests that this usage is now standard. In 1975, a majority of the Usage Panel found this "occasional" use unacceptable, but in our 2002 survey, 70 percent accepted the example quoted above. The adverbial use of sometime meaning "occasionally," however, was not met with much favor. Only 19 percent accepted the sentence The website is intended to help you navigate through the sometime confusing maze of government regulations. In such instances, where an adjective (and not a noun) is being modified, use sometimes instead. See Usage Note at someday.
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at some unspecified point of time
1. (prenominal) having been at one time; former: the sometime President.
2. (prenominal) US occasional; infrequent
Usage: The form sometime should not be used to refer to a fairly long period of time: he has been away for some time (not for sometime)
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1. at some indefinite or indeterminate point of time: We will arrive sometime next week.
2. at an indefinite future time: Come to see us sometime.
3. Archaic. sometimes; on some occasions.
4. Archaic. at one time; formerly.
5. having been formerly; former.
6. being so only at times or to some extent: a writer and sometime painter.
usage: The adverb sometime is written as one word: She promised to visit us sometime soon. The two-word form some time means “an unspecified interval or period of time”: It will take some time for the wounds to heal.
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1. 'sometimes'

You use sometimes to say that something happens on some occasions, rather than all the time.

The bus was sometimes completely full.
Sometimes I wish I was back in Africa.
2. 'sometime'

Don't confuse sometimes with sometime. Sometime means 'at a time in the past or future that is unknown or has not yet been decided'.

Can I come and see you sometime?

Sometime is often written as some time.

He died some time last year.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.sometime - belonging to some prior time; "erstwhile friend"; "our former glory"; "the once capital of the state"; "her quondam lover"
past - earlier than the present time; no longer current; "time past"; "his youth is past"; "this past Thursday"; "the past year"
Adv.1.sometime - at some indefinite or unstated time; "let's get together sometime"; "everything has to end sometime"; "It was to be printed sometime later"
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1. some day, one day, at some point in the future, sooner or later, one of these days, by and by Why don't you come and see me sometime?
1. former, one-time, erstwhile, ex-, late, past, previous She was in her early thirties, a sometime actress, dancer and singer.
Usage: Sometime as a single word should only be used to refer to an unspecified point in time. When referring to a considerable length of time, you should use some time. Compare: it was some time after, that the rose garden was planted, i.e. after a considerable period of time, with it was sometime after the move that the rose garden was planted, i.e. at some unspecified point after the move, but not necessarily a long time after.
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Having been such previously:
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1. (in future) → algún día
you must come and see us sometimetienes que venir a vernos algún día
I'll finish it sometimelo voy a terminar un día de estos
sometime soonun día de estos, antes de que pase mucho tiempo
sometime before tomorrowantes de mañana
sometime next yearen algún momento el año que viene, el año que viene, no sé cuándo exactamente
sometime or other it will have to be donetarde o temprano tendrá que hacerse
2. (in past) sometime last month(en algún momento) el mes pasado, el mes pasado, no sé cuándo exactamente
the victim died sometime during the last 24 hoursla víctima murió durante las últimas 24 horas, no se sabe el momento preciso
sometime last centuryen el siglo pasado, durante el siglo pasado
1. (= former) → ex ..., antiguo
2. (US) (= occasional) → intermitente
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(in future)un de ces jours
You must come and see us sometime → Passez donc nous voir un de ces jours.
I'll finish it sometime → Je le finirai un des ces jours.
sometime next week → dans le courant de la semaine prochaine
(in past) sometime last month → dans le courant du mois dernier
adj (= former) → ancien(ne)
a sometime dancer → un ancien danseur
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


advirgendwann; sometime or other it will have to be doneirgendwann muss es gemacht werden; write to me sometime soonschreib mir (doch) bald (ein)mal; sometime before tomorrowbis morgen, heute noch; sometime next yearirgendwann nächstes Jahr or im nächsten Jahr
adj attr (form)ehemalig, früher, einstig
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1. advun giorno, uno di questi giorni
sometime last month → un giorno, il mese scorso
sometime before tomorrow → prima di domani
sometime next year → (nel corso del)l'anno prossimo
sometime soon → presto, uno di questi giorni
I'll finish it sometime → lo finirò uno di questi giorni
sometime or (an)other it will have to be done → bisognerà farlo prima o poi
2. adj (frm) (former) → ex
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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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يَوْماً مَا někdy engang irgendwann κάποτε en algún momento joskus à un moment donné nekada un giorno いつか 언젠가 ooit en eller annen gang kiedyś um dia desses, um dia destes когда-нибудь någon gång บางเวลา bir ara vào lúc nào đó 某时
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It's because I want somebody to remember and think of her sometime after I'm gone.
But I'll find her sometime, Mistress Blythe--I'll find her sometime .
She promised, too, that sometime, if Miss Polly were willing, Pollyanna should be taken to see them.
"You's young Marse Tom fum dis out, en I got to practice and git used to 'memberin' to call you dat, honey, or I's gwine to make a mistake sometime en git us bofe into trouble.
Yo' pappy would sell him to somebody, sometime, en den he'd go down de river, sho', en I couldn't, couldn't, couldn't stan' it."
She used to have little fancies that he would call at the house sometime, and ask for her, with his sword clanking against his high boots.
I hope we WILL MEET AGAIN sometime, but if not may we meet in A FAR BETTER WORLD where there are no SAD PARTINGS.
You must 'a' known it would come back to me sometime.' She dropped into a chair, and, covering her face with her apron, began to cry.
I'll have to marry sometime, I suppose, but I shall put off the evil day as long as I can."
For as to the stage, love is ever matter of comedies, and now and then of tragedies; but in life it doth much mischief; sometimes like a siren, sometimes like a fury.
Sometimes the banks were overhung with thick masses of willows that wholly hid the ground behind; sometimes we had noble hills on one hand, clothed densely with foliage to their tops, and on the other hand open levels blazing with poppies, or clothed in the rich blue of the corn-flower; sometimes we drifted in the shadow of forests, and sometimes along the margin of long stretches of velvety grass, fresh and green and bright, a tireless charm to the eye.
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