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Meaning of “between” in the English Dictionary

"between" in British English

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betweenpreposition, adverb

uk   us   /bɪˈtwiːn/
  • between preposition, adverb (SPACE)

A1 in or into the ​space that ​separates two ​places, ​people, or ​objects: The ​townlieshalfway between Rome and Florence. Standing between the two ​adults was a ​smallchild. She ​squeezed between the ​parkedcars and ​ran out into the ​road. There were two ​houses with a ​narrowpath in between.

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  • 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 ​extremelycold 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.

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betweenpreposition

uk   us   /bɪˈtwiːn/
  • between preposition (SHARED)

B1 among two or more ​people or things: The ​money was ​dividedequally between several ​worthycauses. We ​drank two ​bottles of ​wine between the four of us. Trade between the two ​countries (= ​theirtrade with each other) has ​increasedsharply in the past ​year. There is a ​greatdeal of ​similarity between Caroline and her ​mother (= they are very ​similar).

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  • between preposition (OPPOSING)

A1 A ​discussion, ​argument, or ​game between two or more ​people or ​groups of ​peopleinvolves both ​people or ​groups: The ​negotiations between the ​union and ​management have ​broken down. There has always been a ​fiercerivalry 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 ​washingmachine. 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 ​regulartrainservice between Glasgow and Edinburgh. The ​surveyshows a ​link between ​asthma and ​airpollution. from one ​place to another: He ​commutesdaily between Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

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  • between preposition (SEPARATING)

A2 separating two ​places or things: The ​wall between ​East and ​West Berlin came down in 1989. The ​reportstates that the ​gap between the ​rich and the ​poor has ​increaseddramatically over the past ​decade.

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

"between" in American English

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betweenpreposition, adverb

 us   /bɪˈtwin/ (also in between,  /ˌɪn·bɪˈtwin/ )
  • between preposition, adverb (SPACE)

[not gradable] in or into the ​space that separates two ​places, ​people, or ​objects: We ​livehalfway between Toronto and Montreal. She ​squeezed in between the ​parkedcars. [not gradable] If something is between two ​amounts, it is ​greater than the first ​amount but ​smaller than the second: She ​weighs between 55 and 60 ​pounds.
  • between preposition, adverb (TIME)

in the ​period of ​time that separates two different ​times or ​events: There’s a ten-minute ​break between ​classes. You should ​arrive between 8 and 8:30. In between ​sobs, he ​managed to ​tell them what had ​happened.

betweenpreposition

 us   /bɪˈtwin/
  • between preposition (AMONG)

shared by or ​involving two or more ​people or things: The ​money was ​dividedequally between her three ​children. Trade between the two ​countries has ​increasedsharply. There is a ​greatdeal of ​similarity between Caroline and her ​mother. Between the three of us, we were ​able to ​afford a ​nicegraduationgift. You’ll have to ​choose between ​dinner and a ​movie. Next week’s ​game will be between the two finalists.
  • between preposition (CONNECTING)

connecting two or more ​places, things, or ​people: There is ​regulartrainservice between New York and Philadelphia. The ​surveyshows a ​link between ​asthma and ​airpollution.
  • between preposition (SEPARATING)

separating two ​places or things: The ​wall between ​East and ​West Berlin came down in 1989. What’s the ​difference between this $100 ​watch and the $500 one (= In what way are they different)?
(Definition of between from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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