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Meaning of “both” in the English Dictionary

"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 whomliveabroad. She has written two ​novels, both of which have been made into ​televisionseries. Both Mike and Jim have ​redhair/Mike and Jim both have ​redhair. I ​loved them both/I ​loved both of them. The ​problem with both of theseproposals is that they are ​hopelesslyimpractical. Are both of usinvited, 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 ​childcarefacilities would ​benefit both ​sexes, not just women. I ​failed my ​drivingtest because I didn't ​keep both ​hands on the ​steeringwheel.

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(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 ​yourcoffee? If both ​parentswork, who will ​care for the ​kids? Are both of us ​invited, or just you? Keep both ​hands on the ​steeringwheel.
(Definition of both from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “both”
in Korean 둘 다…
in Arabic كِلا…
in Malaysian kedua-dua…
in French tous (les) deux…
in Russian оба, и тот и другой…
in Chinese (Traditional) 兩個, 兩者, 雙方…
in Italian entrambi, entrambe…
in Turkish herikisi…
in Polish oba…
in Spanish ambos…
in Vietnamese cả hai…
in Portuguese ambos, -as, os dois…
in Thai ทั้งสอง…
in German beide…
in Catalan tots dos, totes dues…
in Japanese 両方, 双方…
in Chinese (Simplified) 两个, 两者, 双方…
in Indonesian keduanya…
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