Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “between”

See all translations

between

preposition, adverb uk   /bɪˈtwiːn/ us  

between preposition, adverb (SPACE)

A1 in or into the space that separates two places, people, or objects: The town lies halfway between Rome and Florence. Standing between the two adults was a small child. She squeezed between the parked cars and ran out into the road. There were two houses with a narrow path in between.
More examples

between preposition, adverb (AMOUNT)

A2 If something is between two amounts, it is greater than the first amount but smaller than the second: She weighs between 55 and 60 kilograms. The competition is open to children between six and twelve years of age. The room was either extremely cold or hot, never anything in between (= in the middle).

between preposition, adverb (TIME)

A1 ( also in between) in the period of time that separates two different times or events: You shouldn't eat between meals. There is a break of ten minutes between classes. The office is closed for lunch between 12.30 and 1.30. In between sobs, he managed to tell them what had happened. He visits his parents every month and sometimes in between.
More examples

between

preposition uk   /bɪˈtwiːn/ us  

between preposition (SHARED)

B1 among two or more people or things: The money was divided equally between several worthy causes. We drank two bottles of wine between the four of us. Trade between the two countries (= their trade with each other) has increased sharply in the past year. There is a great deal of similarity between Caroline and her mother (= they are very similar).
More examples

between preposition (OPPOSING)

A1 A discussion, argument, or game between two or more people or groups of people involves both people or groups: The negotiations between the union and management have broken down. There has always been a fierce rivalry between the two schools. Tonight's game is between the New Orleans Saints and the St. Louis Rams.

between preposition (CHOICE)

If you choose between two things, you choose one thing or the other: You'll have to choose between a holiday or a new washing machine. She was torn between loyalty to her father and love for her husband (= she could not decide which one to support).

between preposition (CONNECTING)

A2 connecting two or more places, things, or people: There is a regular train service between Glasgow and Edinburgh. The survey shows a link between asthma and air pollution. from one place to another: He commutes daily between Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
More examples

between preposition (SEPARATING)

A2 separating two places or things: The wall between East and West Berlin came down in 1989. The report states that the gap between the rich and the poor has increased dramatically over the past decade.
More examples
(Definition of between from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of between?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “between” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

be as cold as ice

to be extremely cold

Word of the Day

Let’s celebrate! (words and phrases for parties)

by Kate Woodford,
December 17, 2014
​​​ With Christmas and New Year almost upon us, we thought it a good time to look at the language of parties and celebrations. First, let’s start with the word ‘party’ itself. To have or throw a party or, less commonly, to give a party is to arrange a party: We’re having a

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More