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Definition of two

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : being one more than one in number
2 : being the second used postpositively section 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


It was two in the morning.

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Explanation: There’s a significant gap in experience between the ones and the twos in the defensive secondary. Theo Lawson, The Seattle Times, "Analysis: Projecting the 2018 Washington State football depth chart," 19 Aug. 2018 The guard-heavy Roos knocked down 11 three-pointers and 10 twos. Blair Kerkhoff, kansascity, "A nice outcome in tough times for UMKC: Might it draw more fans to Municipal?," 19 Jan. 2018 With DJ Vashtie Kola spinning on the ones and twos, the basement of Public Hotel on Manhattan’s Lower East Side was reminiscent of a pulsing ’90s dance club, and the outfits followed suit. Zachary Weiss, Vogue, "Travis Scott and Lewis Hamilton Blew the Roof Off of Tommy Hilfiger’s NYFW Bash," 11 Sep. 2018 The terrible twos have nothing on the middle school blues. Christine Coppa, Good Housekeeping, "Middle School Proves to Be the Most Stressful Time — for the Whole Family," 27 Jan. 2016 Second: Would New England have really traded all four ones and twos this year, plus maybe something in 2019 to the Giants to pick up the second overall pick this year? Peter King,, "One Question, 32 Answers: What Do You Think About Every Team’s Offseason?," 2 May 2018 The twos were running with a walk-on at center and a walk-on at left guard. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas seeks consistent offensive line play," 12 Apr. 2018 This year, all four teams still standing can lay claim to at least one player who has found nylon when the moment demanded it most, connecting on the gutsiest twos and threes of March to keep his school dancing. Eric Single,, "These Clutch, Crunch-Time Players Could Be Game-Changers in the Final Four," 27 Mar. 2018 Image Participants arrived in ones and twos, and from all over: California, Texas, Maryland, Vermont and Toronto, as well as New York City and New Jersey. New York Times, "52 Hours at Breakup Boot Camp," 2 June 2018

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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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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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to move or proceed with twists and turns

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