such

I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Old English swilc; akin to Old High German sulīh such, Old English swā so, gelīk like — more at so, like Date: before 12th century 1. a. of a kind or character to be indicated or suggested <
a bag such as a doctor carries
>
b. having a quality to a degree to be indicated <
his excitement was such that he shouted
>
2. of the character, quality, or extent previously indicated or implied <
in the past few years many such women have shifted to full-time jobs
>
3. of so extreme a degree or quality <
never heard such a hubbub
>
4. of the same class, type, or sort <
other such clinics throughout the state
>
5. not specified II. pronoun Date: before 12th century 1. such a person or thing 2. someone or something stated, implied, or exemplified <
such was the result
>
3. someone or something similar ; similar persons or things <
tin and glass and such
>
Usage: For reasons that are hard to understand, commentators on usage disapprove of such used as a pronoun. Dictionaries, however, recognize it as standard; all of the citations upon which our definitions of this word are based are clearly standard. III. adverb Date: before 12th century 1. a. to such a degree ; so <
such tall buildings
>
<
such a fine person
>
b. very, especially <
hasn't been in such good spirits lately
>
2. in such a way <
related such that each excludes the other
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Such — Such, a. [OE. such, sich, sech, sik, swich, swilch, swulch, swilc, swulc, AS. swelc, swilc, swylc; akin to OFries. selik, D. zulk, OS. sulic, OHG. sulih, solih, G. solch, Icel. sl[=i]kr, OSw. salik, Sw. slik, Dan. slig, Goth. swaleiks; originally …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • such — W1S1 [sʌtʃ] determiner, predeterminer, pron [: Old English; Origin: swilc] 1.) of the same kind as the thing or person which has already been mentioned ▪ Such behavior is just not acceptable in this school. ▪ The rules make it quite clear what… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • such — [ sʌtʃ ] function word *** Such can be used in the following ways: as a predeterminer (followed by a or an and a singular noun): She s such an intelligent woman. It was such a shame that you couldn t be with us. as a determiner (followed by a… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • such — /such/, adj. 1. of the kind, character, degree, extent, etc., of that or those indicated or implied: Such a man is dangerous. 2. of that particular kind or character: The food, such as it was, was plentiful. 3. like or similar: tea, coffee, and… …   Universalium

  • such — 1. such as an emphasizer. • How can the House express its indignant rejection of football hooliganism while setting such a persuasive example of undignified and daily indiscipline? Guardian Weekly, 1986. The construction with such a followed by… …   Modern English usage

  • such as — For example • • • Main Entry: ↑such * * * such as phrase used for introducing more examples of the type of person or thing that you have just mentioned The museum has paintings by such Impressionist artists as Manet and Degas. The money is used… …   Useful english dictionary

  • such as it is — Being what it is (and no better) • • • Main Entry: ↑such * * * such as it is mainly spoken phrase used for showing that you do not have a good opinion of the thing that you have mentioned The countries are still allies, but the special… …   Useful english dictionary

  • such as it is — Just as it appears or is presented, not being any better or worse than most others of its kind; being average or mediocre. * /This pie, such as it is, is the best I can make./ * /Jane told her grandmother her grades, such as they were./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • such as it is — Just as it appears or is presented, not being any better or worse than most others of its kind; being average or mediocre. * /This pie, such as it is, is the best I can make./ * /Jane told her grandmother her grades, such as they were./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • Such — may refer to:* Bob Such (fl. 1990s), Australian politician * Alec John Such (born 1956), American musician * Peter Such (born 1964), English cricketerSee also: * Screaming Lord Sutch (1940 1999), British musician …   Wikipedia

  • Such — ist der Name folgender Personen: Alec John Such (* 1956), ehemaliger E Bassist der Rockband Bon Jovi George Such (1798–1879), britischer Vogelkundler Manfred Such (* 1942), deutscher Politiker Diese Seite ist eine Begriffskläru …   Deutsch Wikipedia


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