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and

conjunction uk   strong /ænd/ weak /ənd/ /ən/ us  

and conjunction (ALSO)

A1 used to join two words, phrases, parts of sentences, or related statements together: Ann and Jim boys and girls knives and forks We were wet and tired. We kissed and hugged each other. Tidy up your room. And don't forget to make your bed!Connecting words joining words or phrases with similar or related meanings and so on A2 (also and so forth) together with other similar things: schools, colleges, and so onAlso, extra, and in addition and all and everything else: She bought the whole lot - house, farm, horses, and all.Also, extra, and in addition UK slang too: I'd like some and all.Also, extra, and in addition and all that informal and everything related to the subject mentioned: She likes grammar and all that.Also, extra, and in addition and/or used to mean that either one of two things or both of them is possible: Many pupils have extra classes in the evenings and/or at weekends.Connecting words joining words or phrases with similar or related meaningsEither, or, neither, nor

and conjunction (THEN)

A1 used to join two parts of a sentence, one part happening after the other part: I got dressed and had my breakfast.Connecting words joining words or phrases with similar or related meaningsConnecting words which introduce a cause or reason as a result: Bring the flowers into a warm room and they'll soon open. Stand over there and you'll be able to see it better.Connecting words which introduce a cause or reason A2 With certain verbs, 'and' can mean 'in order to': I asked him to go and find my glasses. Come and see me tomorrow. Wait and see (= wait in order to see) what happens.informal Try and get (= try to get) some tickets for tonight's performance.Connecting words joining words or phrases with similar or related meaningsConnecting words which introduce a cause or reason

and conjunction (FOR EMPHASIS)

B1 If 'and' is used to join two words that are the same, it makes their meaning stronger: She spends hours and hours (= a very long time) on the phone. The sound grew louder and louder (= very loud). We laughed and laughed (= laughed a lot).Connecting words joining words or phrases with similar or related meaningsVery and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressions

and conjunction (BUT)

used to express surprise: You're a vegetarian and you eat fish?Connecting words which express a contrast
(Definition of and from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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