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between

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preposition be·tween \bi-ˈtwēn, bē-\

Definition of between

  1. 1a :  by the common action of :  jointly engaging shared the work between the two of them talks between the three — Timeb :  in common to :  shared by divided between his four grandchildren

  2. 2a :  in the time, space, or interval that separates the alley between the butcher shop and the pharmacy should arrive between 9 and 10 o'clockb :  in intermediate relation to weighs somewhere between a pound and a pound and a half

  3. 3a :  from one to another of air service between Miami and Chicagob :  serving to connect or unite in a relationship (such as difference, likeness, or proportion) a one-to-one correspondence between sets mutual understanding between themc :  setting apart the line between fact and fancy

  4. 4a :  in preference for one or the other of had no difficulty deciding between the twob :  in point of comparison of little difference between the two cars

  5. 5 :  in confidence restricted to a secret between you and me

  6. 6 :  taking together the combined effect of between work and family life, they have no time for hobbies

between vs. among

There is a persistent but unfounded notion that between can be used only of two items and that among must be used for more than two. Between has been used of more than two since Old English; it is especially appropriate to denote a one-to-one relationship, regardless of the number of items. It can be used when the number is unspecified economic cooperation between nations, when more than two are enumerated between you and me and the lamppost partitioned between Austria, Prussia, and Russia — Nathaniel Benchley, and even when only one item is mentioned (but repetition is implied). pausing between every sentence to rap the floor — George Eliot Among is more appropriate where the emphasis is on distribution rather than individual relationships. discontent among the peasants When among is automatically chosen for more than two, English idiom may be strained. a worthy book that nevertheless falls among many stools — John Simon the author alternates among mod slang, clichés and quotes from literary giants — A. H. Johnston

Examples of between in a sentence

  1. The ball rolled between the desk and the wall.

  2. He stood between his mother and his father.

  3. The office has two desks with a table between them.

  4. They put up a fence between their house and their neighbor's house.

  5. There are fences between all the houses.

  6. If you want to lose weight, you shouldn't eat between meals.

  7. Between bites of food, they talked to their teacher.

  8. The two days between Monday and Thursday are Tuesday and Wednesday.

  9. We should arrive between 9 and 10 o'clock.

Origin and Etymology of between

Middle English betwene, preposition & adverb, from Old English betwēonum, from be- + -twēonum (dative plural) (akin to Goth tweihnai two each); akin to Old English twā two


First Known Use: before 12th century


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between

adverb be·tween

Definition of between

  1. :  in an intermediate space or interval two beds with a nightstand between

Examples of between in a sentence

  1. The office has two desks with a table between.

Origin and Etymology of between

see 1between


First Known Use: before 12th century


BETWEEN Defined for English Language Learners

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between

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preposition be·tween \bi-ˈtwēn, bē-\

Definition of between for English Language Learners

  • : in the space that separates (two things or people)

  • : in the time that separates (two actions, events, etc.)

  • : in shares to each of (two or more people)


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between

adverb be·tween

Definition of between for English Language Learners

  • : in the space separating two things or people


BETWEEN Defined for Kids

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between

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preposition be·tween \bi-ˈtwēn\

Definition of between for Students

  1. 1 :  in the time or space that separates between nine and ten o'clock between the two desks

  2. 2 :  functioning to separate or tell apart What are the differences between soccer and football?

  3. 3 :  by the efforts of each of Between us we can get the job done.

  4. 4 :  by comparing You must choose between two things.

  5. 5 :  shared by There's a strong bond between parent and child.

  6. 6 :  in shares to each of She divided the money between the two children.

  7. 7 :  to and from He travels between New York and Chicago every week.


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between

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adverb be·tween

Definition of between for Students

  1. :  in a position between others The room has two desks with a table between.



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