and Definition in Cambridge British English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Definition of "and" - British English Dictionary

See all translations

andconjunction

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

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!and so on A2 (also and so forth) together with other similar things: schools, colleges, and so onand all and everything else: She bought the whole lot - house, farm, horses, and all. UK slang too: I'd like some and all.and all that informal and everything related to the subject mentioned: She likes grammar and all that.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.
More examples

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. 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.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.
More examples

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).
More examples

and conjunction (BUT)

used to express surprise: You're a vegetarian and you eat fish?
(Definition of and from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of and?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “and” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day
straight

the straight part of a racetrack (= the track on which competitors race)

Word of the Day

Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
by Kate Woodford,
July 29, 2015
A reader of this blog recently asked for a post on idioms that are used in everyday English. This seemed like a reasonable request. After all, if you are going to make the effort to learn a set of English idioms, you want those idioms to be useful. The question, then, was

Read More 

exoskeleton noun
exoskeleton noun
July 27, 2015
a robotic device which goes around the legs and part of the body of a person who cannot walk and allows them to move independently and in an upright position The device, known as an exoskeleton, is strapped to the outside of a person’s limbs and can then be controlled by them.

Read More