Definition of such in English:

such

determiner, predeterminer, & pronoun

  • 1Of the type previously mentioned.

    ‘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’
    ‘we were second-class citizens and they treated us as such’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They could never progress to plane solutions since we know that such are impossible.’
    • ‘The authors attempt to justify the diagnosis of allodynia in just such a patient.’
    • ‘In fact she was only the fourth woman to receive such a degree in the whole of North America.’
    • ‘My home is beautiful and I have lovely children who have been spared such suffering.’
    • ‘It was the absolute very least I could do to throw him a party on such an occasion.’
    • ‘Ann is not often completely disappointed in our ventures but this was one such occasion.’
    • ‘Literary agents are queuing up to sign on young writers from such courses, she says.’
    • ‘Any such cost will of course have to be met by the people and friends of All Saints!’
    • ‘It is the first time that an English cathedral has sent any of its personnel on such a course.’
    • ‘On one such occasion he actually sat in the newsroom and typed out his stuff there and then.’
    • ‘Why would such a patent democrat and friend of freedom engage such a course of action?’
    • ‘At no previous stage this season have Celtic had such a lead in the championship race.’
    • ‘There are few executives with a wit or the patience to withstand such a showing.’
    • ‘As such, fans of such music will probably quickly fall in love with her crisp style.’
    • ‘Another such occasion was when a woman with three dogs, decided to let one of them off the lead.’
    • ‘It points out how the whole care team can help with such patients' medical and social needs.’
    • ‘The guidelines say that such patients are at high risk of a full stroke within a month.’
  • 2such — as/thatOf the type about to be mentioned.

    ‘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’
    ‘the wound was such that I had to have stitches’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Someone sitting near me was shining his shoes to such a degree he could see his face on them.’
    • ‘Of course there is such a thing as truth, though sometimes it is far from easy to spot.’
  • 3To so high a degree; so great (often used to emphasize a quality)

    ‘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 favourite of designers’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Already the sweat is dripping off the faces of the athletes, such is the heat on the course.’
    • ‘The team were given their sandwiches and champagne aboard the bus such were the crowds.’
    • ‘You can reach the legal limit in almost every one of the five gears, such is the spread of torque.’
    • ‘There was no log fire lit this time, but it wasn't needed on a such a mild and sunny autumn afternoon.’
    • ‘None could fail to be moved by the professional quality of all the music in such a lovely setting.’
    • ‘Legend also has it that he sat on the ball at one stage, such was Scotland's dominance.’
    • ‘I had to have a bit of a sit-down and a stiff drink before I replied, such was the shock.’
    • ‘Amy says she cannot believe how well she is running at such an early stage of the season.’
    • ‘It's a very simple concept for such a very complex and admittedly beautiful work of art.’
    • ‘It is such a beautiful opera and I hum along and wish it would last a lot longer than it does.’
    • ‘It had been such a wonderful day and the beautiful evening was its crowning glory.’
    • ‘When he sang all looked at him and could not look away, for such was the beauty of his voice and face.’
    • ‘For him this was the end of a season that began with such promise and ended with nothing.’
    • ‘Such a beautiful girl in such a run down place was surely something he'd not seen.’
    • ‘Gooseberries have such a short season, and I love to combine them with the oily fish.’
    • ‘Angel had sent Fay outside and was talking to him with such patience that I felt a flush of pride.’
    • ‘There have been more entries that we have ever seen before, and they are of such high quality.’

Phrases

    and such
    • And similar things.

      ‘he had activities like the scouts and Sunday school and such’
      • ‘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 the evening cooled he did go out to cut hedges and such but otherwise he hid indoors out of the sun, just as Dolly and I did.’
      • ‘But in order to get a new job I need more free time so as to be able to pick up shifts and such.’
      • ‘A zillion things went through my head as we went through the course outline and such.’
      • ‘It had its faults in the pretentious overacting and such, but it was as great as Hollywood movies can get.’
      • ‘You'll find primitive bridges and such all along the routes taken by the old pack horse caravans.’
      • ‘We took the bus back home, and all the way back we were singing rugby songs and such.’
      • ‘How screws and such can work loose when a piece of equipment is left undisturbed and unused I do not know.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He further went on to say that he was going to organise Freeport as a model city and run it as such.’
      • ‘They will not have a competitive race as such and only have to start and finish in a group.’
      • ‘Otley is still a market town and, as such, should be drawing shoppers and other trade into it.’
      • ‘The club is a facility for all the youth in the area and as such all are welcome to drop in any night.’
      • ‘The club is a business and, as such, should stand on its own feet or fail as any other business would.’
      • ‘He added that the field they are in is pastureland and as such is specially cultivated grass.’
      • ‘Queens Drive is a clearway and as such is not to be used for parking, as defined in the highway code.’
    such as it is (or they are)
    • What little there is; for what it's worth.

      ‘the plot, such as it is, takes road movie form’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I'm immensely proud of my achievements such as they are and thank the club for their support in realising my ambitions over the last 18 years.’
      • ‘I started recording some of my own compositions, such as they are, and suffered extreme stumble-fingeredness.’
      • ‘Writing a book, he need only satisfy the standards - such as they are - of his New York publishing house.’
      • ‘And while it would be nice to believe him it's hard to see how the rules, such as they are, won't be broken behind closed doors.’
      • ‘And the lessons of history, such as they are, are ominously disturbing.’
      • ‘So I had to take my career and talents, such as they are, elsewhere.’
      • ‘Well, I can't be everywhere, but I can offer my financial advice, such as it is.’
    such as
    • 1For example.

      ‘wild flowers such as mountain pansy and wild thyme’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The historic rooms are home to small shows and cultural events such as talks and seminars.’
      • ‘Serve as a dip with vegetables or fruit such as apple or pear wedges or banana slices.’
      • ‘Instead of potatoes with your evening meal, opt for a low carb option such as a salad.’
      • ‘Money was raised through a variety of events such as a jazz night and street collections.’
      • ‘Insurance covers specific events such as storm or flood, but never general wear and tear.’
      • ‘The funds invest in shares that pay high dividends, such as banks and utilities.’
      • ‘The software can be used for a variety of tasks such as file management, file sharing and work flow.’
    • 2Of a kind that; like.

      ‘an event such as we've shared’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘It was his opinion that the injury was not such as would cause the plaintiff to lose the nail.’
      • ‘You have to make a study of my behavior, such as a spouse will do, much to your dismay at times.’
      • ‘The negotiations for a lease such as occurred in the present case are only one example.’
    • 3archaic Those who.

      ‘such as alter in a moment, win not credit in a month’
      • ‘And such as claim to be aliens shall be sworn to the effect that they will abide by and maintain the laws of this State and the Confederate States, so long as they are permitted to reside therein.’
      • ‘And such as so swear to do things unlawful, not only offend in such swearing, but also they much more offend, if they perform the thing that they do swear.’
      • ‘The second canon of the Council of Carthage, where the principles of Augustine were supreme, "declares an anathema against such as deny that children ought to be baptized as soon as they are born."’
    such that
    • To the extent that.

      ‘the linking of sentences such that they constitute a narrative’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The outcry was such that something had to be done and be seen to be done.’
      • ‘My grief was such that I wanted to go somewhere where I didn't know anybody at all.’
      • ‘This enthusiasm is such that it is bound to make it easier to obtain permission for the likes of wind farms.’
      • ‘His self-assurance is such that he can never help himself pointing out the flaws in others.’
      • ‘The ferocity of the assault was such that he passed out and remembers nothing further of the attack.’
      • ‘His autism is such that it restricts his ability to handle even the most basic social situation.’
      • ‘The demand for tickets was such that hundreds of people were turned away at the door.’
    such-and-such
    • Used to refer vaguely to a person or thing that does not need to be specified.

      ‘so many enterprises to be sold by such-and-such a date’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I'm always a little suspicious of such claims… and not just because it seems quite possible for someone to take an old piece of clothing and claim that so-and-so wore it in such-and-such a film.’
      • ‘The principle is that I should be able to look along a shelf, get the idea that that run of books is mainly on such-and-such a topic, or by such-and-such an author, then have another book come to mind - and it's right there, next on the shelf.’
      • ‘It always bothers me when someone asks me if I know such-and-such and I say, ‘no’ only to receive the reaction of disgust and disbelief.’
      • ‘I would get rid of advertisements that suggest if you don't buy such-and-such a product your children won't be able to grow up healthy, or that when you reach a certain age some bad thing is going to happen to you.’
      • ‘How many times have you read that such-and-such a celebrity ‘does yoga’, and that it has ‘changed their life’?’
      • ‘We all say we've read such-and-such a novel when we haven't.’
      • ‘In a biography, one expects to be told that so-and-so first met his best friend at such-and-such a place.’
    such a one
    • Such a person or thing.

      ‘what was the reward for such a one as Fox?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The master, not being a man of hard heart, knew that it was futile to try and keep beings unwillingly, but his son was not such a one.’
      • ‘Alas, I cannot fulfil those dreams of a charming man and I offer no affectations of such a one.’
      • ‘Once he had a child, he comforted himself, he could leave ‘somebody behind him to remember that such a one once was.’’
      • ‘No one had mentioned an invisible combatant on the opposing team, but it wasn't unlikely that such a one would exist - and surely this proved it.’
      • ‘Old Thomas of Dentonsville was such a one who lived to see the end of his particular War and returned from whence he came to reach a ripe old age.’
      • ‘Show me this marvellous leader, if such a one exists.’
      • ‘He is so volatile and immediate, it may be such a one needs a little ongoing guidance and a brake for his ever exploding ideas.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

such

/sʌtʃ/