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[suhm-hwair, -wair] /ˈsʌmˌʰwɛər, -ˌwɛər/
in or at some place not specified, determined, or known:
They live somewhere in Michigan.
to some place not specified or known:
They went out somewhere.
at or to some point in amount, degree, etc. (usually followed by about, near, etc.):
He is somewhere about 60 years old.
at some point of time (usually followed by about, between, in, etc.):
somewhere about 1930; somewhere between 1930 and 1940; somewhere in the 1930s.
an unspecified or uncertain place.
Origin of somewhere
Middle English word dating back to 1150-1200; See origin at some, where
Usage note
See anyplace. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Meantime the big Mexican, Coy, showed up from somewhere, just as Foster had.

    The Story of the Outlaw Emerson Hough
  • Mr. Sprudell wondered if it was original or had he read it somewhere?

    The Man from the Bitter Roots Caroline Lockhart
  • somewhere in this flooded twilight of gigantic trees was José Quintana.

    The Flaming Jewel Robert W. Chambers
  • somewhere inside of him he heard the lonely cry of another wolf.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • "somewhere in the Land of Oz; but just the exact location of it I can not tell," was the answer.

    The Road to Oz L. Frank Baum
British Dictionary definitions for somewhere


in, to, or at some unknown or unspecified place or point: somewhere in England, somewhere between 3 and 4 o'clock
(informal) get somewhere, to make progress
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Word Origin and History for somewhere

c.1200, from some + where.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with somewhere


In addition to the idiom beginning with
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