Definition of besides adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//bɪˈsaɪdz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈsaɪdz//
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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. Language BankadditionAdding another item Bilingual children do better in IQ tests than children who speak only one language. In addition/What is more, they seem to find it easier to learn third or even fourth languages. Learning another language not only improves children’s job prospects in later life, but also boosts their self-esteem. Teaching children a second language improves their job prospects in later life. Other benefits include increased self-esteem and greater tolerance of other cultures. Another/One further/One additional reason for encouraging bilingual education is that it boosts children’s self-esteem. Studies suggest that bilingual children find it easier to learn additional languages. There is, moreover, increasing evidence that bilingual children perform better across a range of school subjects, not just foreign languages. His claim that children find bilingual education confusing is based on very little evidence. Moreover, the evidence he does provide is seriously flawed. Research has shown that first-language development is not impeded by exposure to a second language. Furthermore, there is no evidence to support the claim that children find bilingual education confusing. Which Word?beside / besides The preposition beside usually means ‘next to something/​somebody’ or ‘at the side of something/​somebody’:Sit here beside me. The preposition 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 with the same meaning as the preposition. 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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