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Definition of besides adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1used for making an extra comment that adds to what you have just said I don't really want to go. Besides, it's too late now. Which Word?beside / besides The preposition beside usually means “next to something/someone” or “at the side of something/someone”:Sit here beside me.Besides means “in addition to something”:What other sports do you play besides hockey?Do not use beside with this meaning. The adverb besides is not usually used on its own to mean “in addition.” It is mainly used to give another reason or argument for something:I don’t think I’ll come on Saturday. I have a lot of work to do. Besides, I don’t really like parties. She likes football. Besides, she likes tennis and basketball.
  2. 2in addition; also discounts on televisions, stereos and much more besides
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