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Definition of between preposition from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1in or into the space separating two or more points, objects, people, etc. Q comes between P and R in the English alphabet. I sat down between Melinda and Sasha. Switzerland lies between France, Germany, Austria, and Italy. The paper had fallen down between the desk and the wall. (figurative) My job is somewhere between a secretary and a personal assistant.
  2. 2in the period of time that separates two days, years, events, etc. It's cheaper between 6  p.m. and 8  a.m. Don't eat between meals. Children must attend school between the ages of 5 and 16. Many changes took place between the two world wars.
  3. 3at some point along a scale from one amount, weight, distance, etc. to another It weighed between nine and ten pounds. The temperature remained between 75 ° F and 80 ° F all week.
  4. 4(of a line) separating one place from another the border between Oregon and Washington
  5. 5from one place to another We fly between Chicago and Dallas twice daily.
  6. 6used to show a connection or relationship a difference/distinction/contrast between two things a link between unemployment and crime There's a lot of bad feelings between them. I had to choose between the two jobs.
  7. 7shared by two or more people or things We ate a pizza between us. This is just between you and me/between ourselves (= it is a secret).
  8. 8by putting together the efforts or actions of two or more people or groups We should be able to manage it between us. China and India between them account for more than a third of the world's population.
  9. 9between doing something used to show that several activities are involved Between working full-time and taking care of the kids, he didn't have much time for hobbies.
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