Definition of and
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 explanationb —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 forthplay \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 onplay \ən-ˈsō-ˌȯn, -ˌän\
Examples of and in a Sentence
2 and 2 equals 4.
Origin and Etymology of and
Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German unti and
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of AND
: 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
Recent Examples of and from the Web
The White House could clear this up by issuing a statement clarifying that the OGE regulations do apply to White House staff — no ifs, ands or buts.
THE FINE PRINT There are ifs, ands and buts to these projections.
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First Known Use of and
AND Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of and for English Language Learners
—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
AND Defined for Kids
Definition of and for Students
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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