Meaning of “both” in the English Dictionary

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"both" in British English

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bothpredeterminer, determiner, pronoun

uk /bəʊθ/ us /boʊθ/

A1 (referring to) two people or things together:

Both my parents are teachers.
They have two children, both of whom live abroad.
She has written two novels, both of which have been made into television series.
Both Mike and Jim have red hair/Mike and Jim both have red hair.
I loved them both/I loved both of them.
The problem with both of these proposals is that they are hopelessly impractical.
Are both of us invited, or just you?
Would you like milk or sugar or both?
Both men and women have complained about the advertisement.
I felt both happy and sad at the same time.
I think it's important to listen to both sides of the argument.
Improved childcare facilities would benefit both sexes, not just women.
I failed my driving test because I didn't keep both hands on the steering wheel.

More examples

  • He embraced her, kissing her on both cheeks.
  • This room serves as both a study and a dining room.
  • After the crash both drivers got out and inspected their cars for damage.
  • The two scientists both made the same discovery independently, at roughly the same time.
  • The recipe is given in both metric and imperial measures.

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

"both" in American English

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bothpronoun, adjective [ not gradable ]

us /boʊθ/

used to refer to two people or things together:

Would you like milk or sugar or both in your coffee?
If both parents work, who will care for the kids?
Are both of us invited, or just you?
Keep both hands on the steering wheel.

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