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besides

preposition be·sides \ bi-ˈsīdz , bē- \
|Updated on: 14 Jun 2018

Definition of besides

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

Examples of besides in a Sentence

  1. She wants to learn other languages besides English and French.

  2. Besides its famous cakes, the bakery also makes delicious breads and cookies.

  3. These salads are delicious besides being healthy.

  4. I'm not ready to get married yet. Besides which, I enjoy living alone.

Recent Examples of besides from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of besides

besides Synonyms

Near Antonyms

except (also excepting);

less, minus, wanting;

Related Words

plus;

including;

Phrases

along with, at that, together with;


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besides

adverb

Definition of besides

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.

Examples of besides in a Sentence

  1. They serve pasta and many other foods besides.

  2. I'm not ready to get married yet. Besides, I enjoy living alone.

Recent Examples of besides from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of besides

besides Synonyms

Phrases

as well, for good measure, in addition to, into the bargain (also in the bargain), on top of, to boot, what's more;


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besides

adjective

Definition of besides

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

Origin and Etymology of besides


BESIDES Defined for English Language Learners

besides

Definition of besides for English Language Learners

  • : other than (someone or something)

  • : in addition to (something)


besides

Definition of besides for English Language Learners

  • : as well

  • : in addition to what has been said


BESIDES Defined for Kids

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besides

preposition be·sides \ bi-ˈsīdz \

Definition of besides for Students

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

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besides

adverb

Definition of besides for Students

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


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