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English definition of “and”

and

conjunction (ALSO)    strong /ænd/ weak /ənd/ /ən/
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 Grammar:AndAnd is a coordinating conjunction. We use and to connect two words, phrases, clauses or prefixes together:Grammar:Go and, come andGrammar:Fixed expressions with andWe often use and in common fixed expressions. The order of the words cannot change: peace and quiet, pick and choose, come and go, knife and fork, black and white.Grammar:And + adjectiveGrammar:And in numbersWhen we speak or write numbers, we use and to separate hundred, thousand, million from numbers smaller than a hundred:Grammar:Adding with andOne of the main uses of conjunctions is to add phrases and clauses together. The most common conjunction for adding is and:
(Definition of and conjunction (ALSO) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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