besides

preposition
be·sides | \bi-ˈsīdz, 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

For now, the Cubs don’t have any other options besides Chatwood, who walked three on Friday but finished on a strong note by striking out slugger Christian Villanueva with the go-ahead run at third to end the fifth. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "Cubs' Tyler Chatwood ready to hit reset button after rough first half," 14 July 2018 But the nation still faces pressure from creditors, and a new government may have few options besides austerity and taxes. Nabih Bulos, latimes.com, "King Abdullah II of Jordan faces economic woes and other issues as he promotes 'peace-affirming Islam'," 27 June 2018 Nearly every problem has one obvious solution without any obvious downsides, besides the cash cost. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Jurassic World Evolution," 19 June 2018 Musk has emphasized that employees have several outlets for their vigilance besides the press, encouraging them to bring concerns to their managers, safety representatives at the company, or the human-resources department. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "Elon Musk’s Long Obsession With Sabotage," 19 June 2018 Still, Nielsen has few friends in the White House besides Kelly and has clashed with Miller, the influential immigration adviser. Author: Josh Dawsey, Nick Miroff, Anchorage Daily News, "‘We’re closed!’: Trump directs his anger over immigration at Homeland Security secretary," 25 May 2018 The two have nothing in common besides their containers. Molly Baz, Bon Appetit, "The Canned Tuna I Bring to the Beach (Yes, the Beach!)," 22 May 2018 His attorneys are trying to have another prosecutor besides Gardner try that case and are confident that he will be found not guilty eventually. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "Yes, the scandal-plagued Missouri governor still could be impeached sometime soon," 15 May 2018 But baseball culture has a nasty habit of taking literally anything anyone knows about a player besides his dedication to winning baseball games and turning it against him. Ted Berg, For The Win, "Red Sox manager downplays concern David Price got carpal-tunnel syndrome from Fortnite," 10 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

And besides, Heitner notes, kids may lose interest after that initial rush of excitement. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "Kids begging for a YouTube channel? What parents should know first," 7 June 2018 And besides, not everyone is ready to give money to a candidate. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "Elaine DiMasi learns hard lessons about money and leadership in politics," 5 July 2018 Too many people love him, and besides, one of the organizers was the district's former head of human resources who spent much of the 2000s in court. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Bud Lathrop, a bronze bust, and one last best chance to say "I love you." | The Kansas City Star," 21 Apr. 2018 And besides, if nothing else, the Checkers are in the AHL record book with that five-overtime loss Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Steve Lyttle, charlotteobserver, "5 questions to ponder in wake of Checkers’ playoff loss to Lehigh Valley | Charlotte Observer," 13 May 2018 And besides, an assistant manager is just one part of a whole network of backroom staff. SI.com, "FanView: Zeljko Buvac's Exit Revives Familiar Feelings, But There's No Reason to Panic," 1 May 2018 And besides, with only one squad having done enough in the regular season to avoid the play-in games, the Pac-12 had little hope of accomplishing anything of substance in this postseason that didn’t involve creating bad optics. Chris Johnson, SI.com, "March Madness Day 1 Takeaways: Loyola-Chicago Provides a Spark; SEC Shines While Pac-12 Flops," 16 Mar. 2018 And besides: Obama had declared the war in Afghanistan over in 2014. Longreads, "Guantánamo, Forever," 1 Mar. 2018 And besides, launching a sports car into space is much more in keeping with Musk's playful streak. William Harwood, CBS News, "SpaceX prepares for dramatic Falcon Heavy launch," 4 Feb. 2018

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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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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 \

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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