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[suhch] /sʌtʃ/
of the kind, character, degree, extent, etc., of that or those indicated or implied:
Such a man is dangerous.
of that particular kind or character:
The food, such as it was, was plentiful.
like or similar:
tea, coffee, and such commodities.
(used with omission of an indication of comparison) of so extreme a kind; so great, good, bad, etc.:
He is such a liar.
being as stated or indicated:
Such is the case.
being the person or thing or the persons or things indicated:
If any member be behind in his dues, such member shall be suspended.
definite but not specified; such and such:
Allow such an amount for food and such an amount for rent.
so; very; to such a degree:
such pleasant people.
in such a way or manner.
such a person or thing or such persons or things:
kings, princes, and such.
someone or something indicated or exemplified:
He claims to be a friend but is not such.
as such. as1 (def 30).
such as,
  1. of the kind specified:
    A plan such as you propose will never succeed.
  2. for example:
    He considers quiet pastimes, such as reading and chess, a bore.
Origin of such
before 900; Middle English such, swulch, suilch, Old English swilc, swelc < Germanic *swa so1 + *līko- like1; cognate with German solch, Old Norse slīkr, Gothic swaleiks Unabridged
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  • Even when majors are looked at by groups, such as business or health, there is variation in pay depending on the specific major.
  • First open an account with a specific goal, such as funding a vacation.
  • They also argued that such immunity is intended to shield individual officials, and not governing boards, from liability.
  • Economists argue that such small-scale graft does great damage.
  • No other place promises such easy and overwhelming immersion in the wild world.
  • Firms with excess computing capacity, such as data centres, put it up for sale.
  • The loss of such cars saddened enthusiasts, but rarely has a vehicle's demise occasioned an actual funeral.
  • It is only the second report of such a speedy change in geomagnetic direction.
  • such projects would also be vulnerable to political manipulation.
  • They won't, it is simply too expensive, for any one company to handle the projects such as the grid.
British Dictionary definitions for such


determiner often foll by a corresponding subordinate clause introduced by that or as
  1. of the sort specified or understood: such books shouldn't be sold here
  2. (as pronoun): such is life, robbers, rapists, and such
so great; so much: such a help, I've never seen such weeping
as such
  1. in the capacity previously specified or understood: a judge as such hasn't so much power
  2. in itself or themselves: intelligence as such can't guarantee success
such and such, specific, but not known or named: at such and such a time
such as
  1. for example: animals, such as elephants and tigers
  2. of a similar kind as; like: people such as your friend John make me angry
  3. of the (usually small) amount, etc: the food, such as there was, was excellent
such that, so that: used to express purpose or result: power such that it was effortless
(intensifier): such nice people, such a nice person that I gave him a present
Word Origin
Old English swilc; related to Old Frisian sālik, Old Norse slīkr, Gothic swaleiks, Old High German sulih
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Word Origin and History for such

Old English swylc, swilc from a Proto-Germanic compound *swalikaz "so formed" (cf. Old Saxon sulik, Old Norse slikr, Old Frisian selik, Middle Dutch selc, Dutch zulk, Old High German sulih, German solch, Gothic swaleiks), from swa "so" (see so) + *likan "form," source of Old English gelic "similar" (see like). Colloquial suchlike (early 15c.) is pleonastic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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