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Language: Old English
Origin: sum

some

1 determiner
     
some1
1 a number of people or things, or an amount of something, when the exact number or amount is not stated:
I need some apples for this recipe.
My mother has inherited some land.
They're looking for someone with some experience.
The doctor gave her some medicine for her cough.
2 a number of people or things or an amount of something, but not all:
Some people believe in life after death.
She's been so depressed that some days she can't get out of bed.
3 formal a fairly large number of people or things or a fairly large amount of something:
It was some time before they managed to turn the alarm off.
The donation went some way toward paying for the damage.

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