Definition of such in English:


Syllabification: such
Pronunciation: /səCH

determiner, predeterminer, & pronoun

1Of the type previously mentioned: [as determiner]: I have been involved in many such courses [as predeterminer]: I longed to find a kindred spirit, and in him I thought I had found such a person [as pronoun]: we were second-class citizens and they treated us as such
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  • It did not feel right that such patients should actually be in with very elderly patients.
  • As is often the case in such volumes, the quality of the articles is a bit uneven.
  • They light up the night sky like a beautiful but harmless fire, if such a thing existed.
2 (such —— as/that) Of the type about to be mentioned: [as determiner]: there is no such thing as a free lunch [as predeterminer]: the farm is organized in such a way that it can be run by two adults [as pronoun]: the wound was such that I had to have stitches
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  • Inside the closet she was astounded to find a beautiful dress of such fabric she had never seen.
  • Dr Keeling had never encountered such a degree of bleeding as shown in the photographs.
  • It narrows to such a degree that there is a risk of becoming wedged by the surge.
3To so high a degree; so great (often used to emphasize a quality): [as determiner]: this material is of such importance that it has a powerful bearing on the case [as predeterminer]: autumn’s such a beautiful season [as pronoun]: such is the elegance of his typeface that it is still a favorite of designers
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  • We might as well have been in Paris or Rome, such was the beauty and magnificence of our trip.
  • Parliament won the day, but such was the confusion neither side was quite sure who had won.
  • As he teed off on the eighth hole such was the pain he had to immediately release his club.


Old English swilc, swylc; related to Dutch zulk, German solch, from the Germanic bases of so1 and alike.


and such

And similar things: he had activities like the scouts and Sunday school and such
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  • The average review score is four stars, and there are the usual tributes to the beautiful writing and such.
  • He grovelled for a while, asking me how I was and such, and then he sprung the question.
  • That means after all is said and done with spending and such, they still have money left over.

as such

[often with negative] In the exact sense of the word: it is possible to stay overnight here although there is no guest house as such
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  • His speech is the herald of decolonisation and, as such, is a defining moment in history.
  • I am from England, of course, and, as such, consider rain to be part of my daily needs.
  • Not that education or skills are signs of intelligence as such, but there is a correlation.

such and such

(or such-and-such)
Used to refer vaguely to a person or thing that does not need to be specified: they’ll want to know what actor played such-and-such a character
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  • At the beginning of the broadcast, a voiceover made the announcement that So-and-So, who played such-and-such a character was off for a while, and that her mother was playing her character until she returned.
  • Astronomy, in comparison, makes explicit, specific predictions about what will occur in the sky on such-and-such a date, in such-and-such a place.
  • As I met people, I started making notes to have such-and-such an actor come back to read for such-and-such a part.

such as

1For example: wildflowers such as daisies and red clover
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  • She is also keen to see more special events such as street entertainment staged in the town on Sundays.
  • Daily events such as our Gaelic taster workshops and Celtic dancing are sold out.
  • The ban also prevents stadium owners from selling drink at other events such as concerts.
2Of a kind that; like: an event such as we’ve shared
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  • You only have to look at recent events such as what has happened in Switzerland and France.
  • Now he stands on the eve of his most testing hour and on the brink of fame such as few have ever enjoyed.
  • Now why is that not enough to establish a case for privacy such as a corporation can enjoy?

such as it is (or they are)

What little there is; for what it’s worth: the law, such as it is, will be respected
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  • The plot, such as it is, can be summarised quickly enough.
  • The tax cut, such as it is, was certainly still worth doing, experts say.
  • All the big announcements, such as they are, have to be made by him.

such a one

Such a person or thing: what was the reward for such a one as Fox?
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  • Inger's eyes grew misty, touched both by Adam's compliment and the sadness of a motherless child, such a one as Adam had so recently been.
  • So many environmental scare stories, over the years; I never dreamed of such a one as this.
  • Isadora's quest for the perfect man ends in the realisation that there isn't such a one.

such that

To the extent that: the linking of sentences such that they constitute a narrative
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  • My naivety about property prices is such that I thought I'd discovered a new bit of London.
  • The popularity of the song was such that it was repeatedly played at the festival venue.
  • The quality of the reprints was such that the photos appeared to have lost nothing due to the passage of time.

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