\ən(d), (ˈ)an(d); usually ᵊn(d), after t,d ,s or z; often ᵊm, after p or b; sometimes ᵊŋ, after k or g\

Definition of and 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 used as a function word to indicate connection or addition especially of items within the same class or type used to join sentence elements of the same grammatical rank or function

2a used as a function word to express logical modification, consequence, antithesis, or supplementary explanation

b used as a function word to join one finite verb (such as go, come, try) to another so that together they are logically equivalent to an infinitive of purpose come and see me

3 obsolete : if

4 used in logic to form a conjunction

and so forth \ən-​ˈsō-​ˌfȯrth \

1 : and others or more of the same or similar kind

2 : further in the same or similar manner

3 : and the rest

4 : and other things

and so on \ən-​ˈsō-​ˌȯn, -​ˌän \

: and so forth


\ˈand \

Definition of AND (Entry 2 of 2)

: a logical operator that requires both of two inputs to be present or two conditions to be met for an output to be made or a statement to be executed

Examples of and in a Sentence


2 and 2 equals 4.

First Known Use of and


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1946, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for and


Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German unti and

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English Language Learners Definition of and

—used to join words or groups of words

: added to : plus

—used to describe an action that is repeated or that occurs for a long time

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Kids Definition of and

1 : added to 2 and 2 make 4

2 : as well as ice cream and cake strong and healthy

3 used to describe an action that is repeated or that occurs for a long time The dog barked and barked.

4 used to indicate the purpose of an action Please try and call.

and so forth

: and others or more of the same kind He collects model cars, trains, planes, and so forth.

and so on

: and so forth Young cats are called kittens, young dogs are puppies, and so on.

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