besides

preposition
be·​sides | \ bi-ˈsīdz How to pronounce besides (audio) , bē- \

Definition of besides

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : other than, except no one besides us Nothing besides a miracle could help them.
2 : together with a decision that, besides being practical, is morally right

besides

adverb

Definition of besides (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : as well : also serves pizza, pasta, and many other foods besides
2 : moreover, furthermore I can't go, and besides, I wouldn't go if I could.

besides

adjective

Definition of besides (Entry 3 of 3)

: else knows a lot about pop culture but very little besides

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Examples of besides in a Sentence

Preposition She wants to learn other languages besides English and French. Besides its famous cakes, the bakery also makes delicious breads and cookies. These salads are delicious besides being healthy. I'm not ready to get married yet. Besides which, I enjoy living alone. Adverb They serve pasta and many other foods besides. I'm not ready to get married yet. Besides, I enjoy living alone.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition But his death had many contributing factors besides being unable to breath while face down on the ground. Kevin Grasha, Cincinnati.com, "How Roger Owensby Jr.'s death in police custody decades ago led to change in Cincinnati," 2 June 2020 The airline’s crew members and ground services personnel are undergoing detailed health check-ups at regular intervals, besides wearing protective gear at all times. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "Air travel in India is risky during the pandemic, but it’s still the safest," 31 May 2020 Plus, besides setting stuff on fire, a campfire is also good for warmth, atmosphere, cooking and keeping the bugs at bay. Catherine Newman, New York Times, "This Summer, Consider Camping in Your Own Backyard," 15 May 2020 Throughout her essay collection, besides sharing these micro-examples of her interior life, Chew-Bose reflects broadly on her coming of age as a first-generation Canadian woman with Indian parents. The Atlantic Culture Desk, The Atlantic, "20 Books to Read in Quarantine This Summer," 15 May 2020 But besides giving viewers at home a look into their life, Sudano, whose mother happens to be the late Donna Summers, hopes this show will inspire folks to chase their dreams. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Chip and Joanna Gaines Give Their Best Friends Their Own Show on Magnolia TV," 28 Apr. 2020 And besides livestreaming ceremonies, handing off cremated remains to families is a different process under social distancing guidelines. Ryan Prior, CNN, "Funerals go virtual in the pandemic. Here's how to plan one with meaning and honor the dead," 16 Apr. 2020 The novel coronavirus hasn’t been shown to appear in any of these organs—besides of course the lungs, the upper respiratory tract, and sometimes within lymph nodes. Douglas Main, National Geographic, "Blood and organ donations shrink amid coronavirus fears," 20 Mar. 2020 This directive raises a question: What, besides basic infrastructure to support astronauts, could be worth protecting on the moon? Leonard David, Scientific American, "NASA Proposes New Rules for Moon-Focused Space Race," 21 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Well, unless someone changed the 10th Amendment without us noticing, states are free to do all of the above — and much more besides. Douglas Carswell, National Review, "States Are Pivotal to Reviving the Conservative Cause," 7 Feb. 2021 And besides, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine prevented 85 percent of severe illness across all the regions in its trial—perfectly suitable for dousing a raging pandemic. Gregory Barber, Wired, "More Covid Vaccine Choices Mean New Equity Challenges," 5 Feb. 2021 And, besides, the manager could use a little more excitement right now. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "As veterans continue to underperform, it’s time for Rangers to start turning to young talent to lead the way," 26 Aug. 2020 Last week’s march and deadly assault on the Capitol has raised these questions again, and many more besides. New York Times, "Making Sense of the ‘Mob’ Mentality," 12 Jan. 2021 And besides, for New Yorkers who weren’t born here, their shameless naïveté can be embarrassingly, but kind of charmingly, recognizable. Brock Colyar, Curbed, "No One Is Selling New York Harder Than This TikTok Couple," 12 Jan. 2021 And besides, experts say incremental changes are better than dramatic resolutions. Susanna Schrobsdorff, Time, "Breaking Up With Netflix and Other Futile New Year's Resolutions," 27 Dec. 2020 In government, graduates could pursue careers in intelligence, counterterrorism, cyber security, the military, the emergency services, defense procurement, research and analysis, disaster management, and more besides. Kristen Griffith, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Q&A: Professor on coordinating McDaniel College’s new national security program," 7 Dec. 2020 And besides, what purpose does a dog serve on an ice fishing trip? Anchorage Daily News, "Turn your puppy into an adventurer by introducing him to the outdoors early," 5 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of besides

Preposition

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1597, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for besides

Preposition

see beside entry 1

Adverb

see beside entry 1

Adjective

see beside entry 1

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Time Traveler for besides

Time Traveler

The first known use of besides was in the 15th century

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“Besides.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/besides. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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More Definitions for besides

besides

preposition

English Language Learners Definition of besides

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: other than (someone or something)
: in addition to (something)

besides

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of besides (Entry 2 of 2)

: as well
: in addition to what has been said

besides

preposition
be·​sides | \ bi-ˈsīdz How to pronounce besides (audio) \

Kids Definition of besides

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : in addition to Besides cookies, they also baked a cake.
2 : other than There's no one here besides me.

besides

adverb

Kids Definition of besides (Entry 2 of 2)

: in addition : also We had pretzels and fruit and juice besides.

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