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two

adjective \ ˈtü \

Definition of two

1 :being one more than one in number
2 :being the second used postpositively
  • section two of the instructions

Origin and Etymology of two

Middle English twa, two, from Old English twā (feminine & neuter); akin to Old English twēgen two (masculine), (neuter), Old High German zwēne, Latin duo, Greek dyo

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2

two

pronoun, plural in construction

Definition of two

1 :two countable individuals not specified
  • only two were found
2 :a small approximate number of indicated things
  • only a shot or two were fired

First Known Use of two

before 12th century

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3

two

noun

Definition of two

plural twos
1 :a number that is one more than one — see Table of Numbers
2 :the second in a set or series
  • the two of spades
3 :a 2-dollar bill
4 :something having two units or members

Examples of two in a Sentence

  1. It was two in the morning.

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First Known Use of two

13th century

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TWO Defined for English Language Learners

two

noun

Definition of two for English Language Learners

  • : the number 2

  • : the second in a set or series

  • : two o'clock


TWO Defined for Kids

1

two

adjective \ ˈtü \

Definition of two for Students

:being one more than one

2

two

noun

Definition of two for Students

1 :one more than one :2
2 :the second in a set or series


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