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"between" in British English

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betweenpreposition, adverb

uk   /bɪˈtwiːn/ us   /bɪˈtwiːn/
  • 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.

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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 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.

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betweenpreposition

uk   /bɪˈtwiːn/ us   /bɪˈtwiːn/
  • 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).

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  • 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.

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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 report states that the gap between the rich and the poor has increased dramatically 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 live halfway between Toronto and Montreal. She squeezed in between the parked cars.
[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 divided equally between her three children. Trade between the two countries has increased sharply. There is a great deal of similarity between Caroline and her mother. Between the three of us, we were able to afford a nice graduation gift. 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 regular train service between New York and Philadelphia. The survey shows a link between asthma and air pollution.
  • 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)?
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