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sometime

[ suhm-tahym ]
/ ˈsʌmˌtaɪm /
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adverb

at some indefinite or indeterminate point of time: He will arrive sometime next week.
at an indefinite future time: Come to see me sometime.
Archaic. sometimes; on some occasions.
Archaic. at one time; formerly.

adjective

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Origin of sometime

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at some, time

usage note for sometime

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.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH sometime

sometime , sometimes
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British Dictionary definitions for sometime

sometime
/ (ˈsʌmˌtaɪm) /

adverb

at some unspecified point of time

adjective

(prenominal) having been at one time; formerthe sometime President
(prenominal) US occasional; infrequent

usage for sometime

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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