Meaning of “two” in the English Dictionary

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"two" in British English

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uk /tuː/ us /tuː/

A1 the number 2:

They have two houses.
He'll be two (years old) in February.

More examples

  • She had to choose between the two men in her life.
  • I wanted to take two weeks' holiday, but could only take one because the office was so busy.
  • Asia and Africa are the two biggest continents.
  • Due to roadworks, three lanes of traffic have to converge into two.
  • There are one or two typing errors in the report.
  • I spent two years in Ethiopia.

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

"two" in American English

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us /tu/ plural twos


Josh’ll be two in February.

Two can also mean two o’clock.

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

"two" in Business English

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uk /tuː/ us
two plus two equals five also 2+2=5

used to say that two organizations working together or merging can achieve more than if they work separately:

Two plus two equals five in this case and the solid foundation this merger creates will help to grow the new entity into the best independent mortgage banking operation in the region.

(Definition of “two” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)