Definition of and conjunction from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ənd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ənd//
    ; BrE BrE//ən//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ən//
    ; BrE also BrE//n//
    ; NAmE also NAmE//n//
    ; BrE strong form BrE//ænd//
    ; NAmE strong form NAmE//ænd//
    (used to connect words or parts of sentences)
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  1. 1  also; in addition to bread and butter a table, two chairs and a desk Sue and I left early. Do it slowly and carefully. Can he read and write? I cooked lunch. And I made a cake. (= you are emphasizing how much you have done) When and is used in common phrases connecting two things or people that are closely linked, the determiner is not usually repeated before the second:a knife and forkmy father and mother, buta knife and a spoonmy father and my uncle.
  2. 2  added to synonym plus1 5 and 5 makes 10. What's 47 and 16? When numbers (but not dates) are spoken, and is used between the hundreds and the figures that follow:2 264—two thousand, two hundred and sixty-four, but1964—nineteen sixty-four.
  3. 3  then; following this She came in and took her coat off.
  4. 4  go, come, try, stay, etc. and used before a verb instead of to, to show purpose Go and get me a pen please. I'll come and see you soon. We stopped and bought some bread. In this structure try can only be used in the infinitive or to tell somebody what to doTry and finish quickly.
  5. 5  used to introduce a comment or a question ‘We talked for hours.’ ‘And what did you decide?’
  6. 6  as a result Miss another class and you'll fail.
  7. 7  used between repeated words to show that something is repeated or continuing He tried and tried but without success. The pain got worse and worse.
  8. 8used between repeated words to show that there are important differences between things or people of the same kind. I like city life but there are cities and cities.
  9. see also and/or
    Word OriginOld English and, ond, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch en and German und.
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