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sometime

[suhm-tahym]
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adverb
  1. at some indefinite or indeterminate point of time: He will arrive sometime next week.
  2. at an indefinite future time: Come to see me sometime.
  3. Archaic. sometimes; on some occasions.
  4. Archaic. at one time; formerly.
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adjective
  1. having been formerly; former: The diplomat was a sometime professor of history at Oxford.
  2. being so only at times or to some extent: Traveling so much, he could never be more than a sometime husband.
  3. that cannot be depended upon regarding affections or loyalties: He was well rid of his sometime girlfriend.
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Origin of sometime

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at some, time
Can be confusedsometime sometimes (see usage note at the current entry)

Usage note

The adverb sometime is written as one word: He promised to paint the garage 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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sometime

adverb
  1. at some unspecified point of time
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adjective
  1. (prenominal) having been at one time; formerthe sometime President
  2. (prenominal) US occasional; infrequent
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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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Word Origin and History for sometime

adv.

late 13c., "at one time or another" (adv.); as an adjective, late 15c. Meaning "at some future time" is late 14c. From some + time (n.).

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