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Meaning of “and” in the English Dictionary

"and" in British English

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andconjunction

uk   us   strong /ænd/ weak /ənd/ /ən/
  • and conjunction (ALSO)

A1 used to ​join two words, ​phrases, ​parts of ​sentences, or ​relatedstatements together: Ann and Jim boys and ​girls knives and ​forks We were ​wet and ​tired. We ​kissed and ​hugged each other. Tidy up ​yourroom. And don't ​forget to make ​yourbed!and so on A2 (also and so forth) together with other ​similar things: schools, ​colleges, and so onand all and everything ​else: She ​bought the ​whole lot - ​house, ​farm, ​horses, and all. UK slang too: I'd like some and all.and all that informal and everything ​related to the ​subjectmentioned: She ​likesgrammar and all that.and/or used to ​mean that either one of two things or both of them is ​possible: Many ​pupils have ​extraclasses in the ​evenings and/or at ​weekends.

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  • and conjunction (THEN)

A1 used to ​join two ​parts of a ​sentence, one ​parthappening after the other ​part: I got ​dressed and had my ​breakfast. as a ​result: Bring the ​flowers into a ​warmroom and they'll ​soonopen. Stand over there and you'll be ​able to ​see it ​better.A2 With ​certainverbs, "and" can ​mean "in ​order to": I ​asked him to go and ​find my ​glasses. Come and ​see me ​tomorrow. Wait and see (= ​wait in ​order to ​see) what ​happens.informal Try and get (= ​try to get) some ​tickets for tonight's ​performance.

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  • and conjunction (FOR EMPHASIS)

B1 If "and" is used to ​join two words that are the same, it makes ​theirmeaningstronger: She ​spendshours and ​hours (= a very ​longtime) on the ​phone. The ​soundgrewlouder and ​louder (= very ​loud). We ​laughed and ​laughed (= ​laughed a lot).

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  • and conjunction (BUT)

used to ​expresssurprise: You're a ​vegetarian and you ​eatfish?
(Definition of and from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"and" in American English

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andconjunction

 us   /ænd, ənd/
  • and conjunction (ALSO)

(used to ​join two words, ​phrases, or ​parts of ​sentences) in ​addition to; also: boys and ​girls We were ​tired and ​hungry. And can be used when you ​addnumbers: Three and two are five.
  • and conjunction (THEN)

(used to ​join two ​parts of a ​sentence, one ​parthappening after or because of the other ​part) after that; then: I ​met Jonathan, and we went out for a ​cup of ​coffee.
  • and conjunction (TO)

infml (used after some ​verbs) to, or in ​order to: Let’s ​try and get ​tickets for the ​hockeygametonight.
  • and conjunction (VERY)

(used to ​join two words, esp. two that are the same, to make ​theirmeaningstronger): The ​soundgrewlouder and ​louder.
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(Definition of and from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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