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Definition of two

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : being one more than one in number
2 : being the second used postpositivelysection two of the instructions

Definition of two (Entry 2 of 3)

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


plural twos

Definition of two (Entry 3 of 3)

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

Noun It was two in the morning.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Teams will ignore him on the three-point line, and Westbrook’s affinity for pull-up twos are the antithesis of the Rockets’ offense. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "The Rockets' Trade for Russell Westbrook Reeks of Desperation," 11 July 2019 First in ones and twos, limping up the steps and staggering through the aluminum doors, and then in wheelbarrows, with bleeding skulls and stabbed necks. Washington Post, "As India counts dead, brutality of Hindu-Muslim riot emerges," 29 Feb. 2020 Often these dresses have been scattered in ones or twos through pink, orange, or blue-hued collections, a refreshing pause – or maybe a pointed exclamation mark – amidst other, softer colours. Rosalind Jana, refinery29.com, "The Subversive Allure Of A Good Green Dress," 28 Jan. 2020 The players are shooting threes (3-point shots), but the fans are talking twos. Fred Bowen, Washington Post, "How will NBA teams fare with these new dynamic duos?," 30 Oct. 2019 If the 3x3 Olympics games were played with twos and threes, that would also be acceptable. Khadrice Rollins, SI.com, "Olympic 3x3 Basketball Needs to Fix the Major Problem With Its Scoring System," 24 July 2019 In the spring, Harry took reps with the ones, twos and threes, and got more hands-on coaching than any player on the field. 2. Ben Volin, BostonGlobe.com, "More intrigue than usual at Patriots training camp this year," 21 July 2019 The animals came slowly at first, by twos and by threes, and tentatively, lifting their black noses to catch the strange scent of 10 unbathed campers. Christopher Solomon, New York Times, "Exploring a Timeless Wilderness, Before the Drilling Begins," 13 Sep. 2019 Walker spent the first half of his career letting defenses off the hook by stepping into long, difficult twos. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Top 100 NBA Players of 2020," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of two


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

Pronoun, plural in construction

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


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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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The first known use of two was before the 12th century

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“Two.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/two. Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of two

: the number 2
: the second in a set or series
: two o'clock
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Kids Definition of two

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: being one more than one



Kids Definition of two (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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