Meaning of “besides” in the English Dictionary

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"besides" in British English

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besidesadverb, preposition

uk /bɪˈsaɪdz/ us /bɪˈsaɪdz/

B1 in addition to; also:

She won't mind if you're late - besides, it's hardly your fault.
Do you play any other sports besides basketball?

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  • The fair takes place every June with bands, theatre and much more besides.
  • The author's wife was a good editor, besides being a great writer herself.
  • There's plenty of other things to do in Gothenburg at night besides drink.
  • His real love, besides his guitar playing, is ultimately songwriting.
  • "I'm much too old for you," he said, "and besides, I'm married."

(Definition of “besides” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"besides" in American English

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besidespreposition, adverb [ not gradable ]

us /bɪˈsɑɪdz/

in addition to; also:

Do you play any other sports besides golf?
He won’t mind if you’re late – besides, it’s not your fault.

(Definition of “besides” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)