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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
1150-1200; Middle English; see some, where
Usage note
See anyplace. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for somewhere
  • It was a big, dry place you had to drive across to get somewhere.
  • The past is somewhere you get lost in, literally and figuratively: your memory is partial, and the place itself has changed.
  • It would have to be place somewhere near the equator to even be close to plausible.
  • They have been swimming in midnights of coal mines somewhere.
  • To a loud, nasty, little foreign noise coming from somewhere.
  • Then his ears caught a louder sound from somewhere along the corridor outside.
  • somewhere between these two extremes the truth will be found.
  • We have a wild savage in us, and a savage name is perchance somewhere recorded as ours.
  • When the night of the dinner arrived he was with difficulty prevented from running off somewhere on the plea of professional duty.
  • somewhere, over the ocular dispersion of the electromagnetic spectrum.
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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