between

preposition
be·tween | \bi-ˈtwēn, bē-\

Definition of between 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : by the common action of : jointly engaging shared the work between the two of them talks between the threeTime

b : in common to : shared by divided between his four grandchildren

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'clock

b : in intermediate relation to weighs somewhere between a pound and a pound and a half

3a : from one to another of air service between Miami and Chicago

b : serving to connect or unite in a relationship (such as difference, likeness, or proportion) a one-to-one correspondence between sets mutual understanding between them

c : setting apart the line between fact and fancy

4a : in preference for one or the other of had no difficulty deciding between the two

b : in point of comparison of little difference between the two cars

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

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

between

adverb

Definition of between (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Between vs. Among: Usage Guide

Preposition

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

Preposition

The ball rolled between the desk and the wall. He stood between his mother and his father. The office has two desks with a table between them. They put up a fence between their house and their neighbor's house. There are fences between all the houses. If you want to lose weight, you shouldn't eat between meals. Between bites of food, they talked to their teacher. The two days between Monday and Thursday are Tuesday and Wednesday. We should arrive between 9 and 10 o'clock.

Adverb

The office has two desks with a table between.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

After a rocky summit start between Donald Trump and NATO allies, the president will meet with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth II Friday amid the backdrop of his stunning interview with London tabloid The Sun. Editors, USA TODAY, "Trump visits Queen Elizabeth II, Wimbledon semifinals, Supermoon Solar Eclipse: 5 things to know Friday," 13 July 2018 The same day the Voges left for South America, Ms. Vassell emailed copies of the heated text exchanges between Mr. Voge and her husband to Latham’s general counsel. Sara Randazzo, WSJ, "The Sexting Scandal That Toppled One of America’s Most Powerful Lawyers," 13 July 2018 Then the state party endorsed Jessica Morse in February, forcing Gutowsky to choose between resigning her post leading the local party organization or renouncing her support for another Democrat, MIT Professor Regina Bateson. Emily Cadei, sacbee, "Democrats push for unity in California House races after bruising primary," 13 July 2018 During the contract stand-off between Meyer and Schalke, relations turned sour with the player accusing the club of bullying. SI.com, "Max Meyer Could Move to Turkey After Being Rejected By Liverpool and Arsenal Due to Wage Demands," 13 July 2018 The only symmetry there appeared to be between people and from group to group was a desire for distinction. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres find they can't turn all blue eyes brown, but ...," 14 July 2018 The parade was one part of the formal July 4 activities sandwiched between a fun run, kids games and Glencoe’s Got Talent, the village’s talent show open to all residents to start the day and a fireworks show lighting up the beach after sunset. Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, "Glencoe Fourth of July parade brings back memories for some, creates new ones for others," 10 July 2018 On the cusp of President Donald Trump’s planned meeting with Russian autocrat Vladimir Putin, Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, released indictments with profound implications for relations between the two countries. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "New indictments complicate the Trump-Russia relationship.," 13 July 2018 But in later research, no link between talc use and endometrial or ovarian cancer was found. Elizabeth Inglese, Vogue, "Why Johnson & Johnson’s $4.7 Billion Baby Powder Lawsuit Is Important for Women Everywhere," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Unfortunately, those rides are set to become fewer and farther between, as Uber seeks to perfect rider-driver matching in its latest product, Express Pool. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "With Express Pool, Uber Offers an Even Cheaper Ride Option," 21 Feb. 2018 The exhibits reflect a kind of push-and-pull between playful immersion and more traditional instruction. Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times, "An Everyman Museum to Celebrate American Writers," 8 May 2017

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First Known Use of between

Preposition

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for between

Preposition

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

Adverb

see between entry 1

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More Definitions for between

between

preposition

English Language Learners Definition of between

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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)

between

adverb

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

: in the space separating two things or people

between

preposition
be·tween | \bi-ˈtwēn \

Kids Definition of between

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

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

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

4 : by comparing You must choose between two things.

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

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

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

between

adverb

Kids Definition of between (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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