[ suhm-hwair, -wair ]
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  1. in or at some place not specified, determined, or known: They live somewhere in Michigan.

  2. to some place not specified or known: They went out somewhere.

  1. at or to some point in amount, degree, etc. (usually followed by about, near, etc.): He is somewhere about 60 years old.

  2. at some point of time (usually followed by about, between, in, etc.): somewhere about 1930; somewhere between 1930 and 1940; somewhere in the 1930s.

  1. an unspecified or uncertain place.

Origin of somewhere

Middle English word dating back to 1150–1200; see origin at some, where

usage note For somewhere

See anyplace.

Words Nearby somewhere Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use somewhere in a sentence

  • The King of Delhi had a hunting-lodge somewhere in the locality, but he had never seen the place.

    The Red Year | Louis Tracy
  • The lovers got up, with only a silent protest, and walked slowly away somewhere else.

  • He decided not to return home directly; he wanted to go somewhere, but did not care to stay in Chicago.

    The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
  • I have never known a trader in philanthropy who was not wrong in his head or heart somewhere or other.

    Pearls of Thought | Maturin M. Ballou
  • "I have a letter somewhere," looking in the machine drawer and finding the letter in the bottom of the workbasket.

British Dictionary definitions for somewhere


/ (ˈsʌmˌwɛə) /

  1. in, to, or at some unknown or unspecified place or point: somewhere in England; somewhere between 3 and 4 o'clock

  2. get somewhere informal to make progress

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with somewhere


In addition to the idiom beginning with somewhere

  • somewhere along the line

also see:

  • get somewhere
  • (somewhere) or other

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