such Meaning, Definition & Usage
adjective satellite of so extreme a degree or extent
- such weeping
- so much weeping
- such a help
- such grief
- never dreamed of such beauty
adverb to so extreme a degree
- he is such a baby
- Such rich people!
Of that kind; of the like kind; like; resembling; similar; as, we never saw. sucha day; -- followed by that or as introducing the word or proposition which defines the similarity, or the standard of comparison; as, the books are not; these apples are not suchthat I can recommend them, or, not suchas I can recommend suchas those we saw yesterday; give your children suchprecepts as tend to make them better
And in his time such a conqueror That greater was there none under the sun. Chaucer.
His misery was such that none of the bystanders could refrain from weeping. Macaulay.
✍ The indefinite article a or an never precedes such, but is placed between it and the noun to which it refers; as, such a man; such an honor. The indefinite adjective some, several, one, few, many, all, etc., precede such; as, one such book is enough; all such people ought to be avoided; few such ideas were then held.
Having the particular quality or character specified.
That thou art happy, owe to God; That thou continuest such, owe to thyself. Milton.
The same that; -- with as;"[It] hath such senses as we have." Shak. as, this was the state of the kingdom at. suchtime as the enemy landed
Certain; -- representing the object as already particularized in terms which are not mentioned.
In rushed one and tells him such a knight Is new arrived. Daniel.
To-day or to-morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year. James iv. 13.
✍ Such is used pronominally. "He was the father of such as dwell in tents." Gen. iv. 20. "Such as I are free in spirit when our limbs are chained." Sir W. Scott. Such is also used before adjectives joined to substantives; as, the fleet encountered such a terrible storm that it put back. "Everything was managed with so much care, and such excellent order was observed." De Foe.
Temple sprung from a family which . . . long after his death produced so many eminent men, and formed such distinguished alliances, that, etc. Macaulay.Such is used emphatically, without the correlative.
Now will he be mocking: I shall have such a life. Shak.Such was formerly used with numerals in the sense of times as much or as many; as, such ten, or ten times as many.
And many other such like things ye do. Mark vii. 8.