\ ˈtü-ˈwā How to pronounce two-way (audio) \

Definition of two-way

1 : moving or allowing movement in either direction a two-way bridge
2a : involving or allowing an exchange between two individuals or groups there must be good two-way communication— Jerrold Orne especially : designed for both sending and receiving messages two-way radio
b : involving mutual responsibility or reciprocal relationships political alliance is a two-way thing— T. H. White †1986
3a : involving two participants a two-way race
b sports : playing on both the offensive and defensive squads of a team (as in American football) Frost, a throwback to the era of two-way players, is the Cardinal's starting free safety and backup quarterback.The New York Times also : playing both offense and defense well a basketball forward who's a talented two-way player
4 : usable in either of two manners a two-way lamp
5 : being a cock or valve that will connect a pipe or channel with either of two others

First Known Use of two-way

1571, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Two-way.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of two-way

: moving or allowing movement in both directions
: involving two people or groups
: made to send and receive messages



Kids Definition of two-way

1 : moving or acting or allowing movement or action in either direction two-way traffic a two-way street
2 : involving two persons or groups Communication is a two-way process.
3 : made to send and receive messages a two-way radio

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