Definition of and in English:

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Pronunciation: /and/
Pronunciation: /(ə)n/


1Used to connect words of the same part of speech, clauses, or sentences that are to be taken jointly: bread and butter red and black tiles they can read and write a hundred and fifty
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  • The shop, which sells donated books and CDs, helps owners on benefits to pay for treatment for sick pets.
  • He and I had been friends for a long time.
  • He was wearing a navy blue and green anorak.
together with, along with, with, as well as, in addition to, also;
besides, furthermore
informal plus
1.1Used to connect two clauses when the second happens after the first: he turned around and walked out she washed and dried her hair
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  • I opened the door and looked around.
  • The man then ran towards a waiting car and was driven away by someone else.
  • I lifted my arm and wiped my eyes with my sleeve.
1.2Used to connect two clauses, the second of which results from the first: do that once more, and I’ll skin you alive
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  • But the fun had gone out of it and the next day we did not travel.
  • Early successes in some areas were dramatic, and by the early 1960s malaria was reduced to very low levels in certain countries.
  • Don't take the movie too seriously, and you might enjoy it too.
1.3Connecting two identical comparatives, to emphasize a progressive change: getting better and better he felt more and more like an outsider
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  • Spamming is getting worse and worse - and more profitable for spammers.
  • This case just continues to get more and more complex.
  • Meeting the needs of a growing population will require the country to sink further and further into debt.
1.4Connecting two identical words, implying great duration or great extent: I cried and cried it takes hours and hours
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  • I've been a humongous fan of his music for years and years.
  • I ran and ran until I reached the outskirts of the forest.
  • This was a very flat land - he could see for miles and miles, it seemed.
1.5Used to connect two identical words to indicate that things of the same name or class have different qualities: all human conduct is determined or caused—but there are causes and causes
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  • But there are arguments and arguments, and it may be said that I have fastened on the wrong one.
  • There are Christians and Christians, as there Jews and Jews.
  • You lie, we lie, everybody lies - but there are lies and lies.
1.6Used to connect two numbers to indicate that they are being added together: six and four make ten
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  • She's sick of spending her lunches with people that are so stupid they can't add two and two.
  • I believe that four and four are eight.
  • I know that two and two make four - and should be glad to prove it too if I could.
1.7 archaic Used to connect two numbers, implying succession: a line of men marching two and two
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  • The knights come riding two and two.
2Used to introduce an additional comment or interjection: if it came to a choice—and this was the worst thing—she would turn her back on her parents they believe they are descended from him, and quite right, too
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  • He's a crook, a bit nutty, and rightly did time for his crimes.
  • He plays the piano ‘badly and vulgarly,’ and what is worse, he plays Grieg.
  • As an incentive, a customer that brings friends - and hopefully sales - to a party may receive additional discounts.
2.1Used to introduce a question in connection with what someone else has just said: “I found the letter in her bag.” “And did you steam it open?”
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  • ‘I've just needed some time to myself to think about us.’ ‘And have you reached a conclusion?’
  • ‘He wanted to know if I wanted to be his partner for a social project.’ ‘And what did you say?’
  • ‘They are going to put my client out of business.’ ‘And where is the evidence of that, Mr. Adams?’
2.2(Especially in broadcasting) used to introduce a statement about a new topic: and now to the dessert
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  • And now, the Page Six report.
  • And next, we're going to go live to California for the very latest on the wildfires that are threatening celebrity mansions.
  • Anyway, thank you for your lovely review! And here is the next chapter.
3 informal Used after some verbs and before another verb to indicate intention, instead of “to”: I would try and do what he said come and see me
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  • We're going to see a day where 100,000 people come and worship with us on a weekend, between our five services.
  • Our primary objective right now is to try and market the region as a whole.
  • The experts also advise that you try and keep your cool.


(usually AND) Logic & Electronics
1A Boolean operator that gives the value one if and only if all the operands are one, and otherwise has a value of zero.
1.1 (also AND gate) A circuit that produces an output signal only when signals are received simultaneously through all input connections.
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  • Using AND gates the researchers can synchronize the time-gated and non-gated signals to within 3 ns.
  • The AND gate performs a logical ‘and ‘operation on two inputs, A and B.’
  • A vehicular crash discrimination system incorporates first and second crash sensors operatively coupled to a logic AND gate, which activates a safety restraint system.


1 It is still widely taught and believed that conjunctions such as and (and also but and because) should not be used to start a sentence, the argument being that a sentence starting with and expresses an incomplete thought and is therefore incorrect. Writers down the centuries have readily ignored this advice, however, using and to start a sentence, typically for rhetorical effect: What are the government’s chances of winning in court? And what are the consequences?2 A small number of verbs—notably try, come, and go—can be followed by ‘and’ with another verb, as in sentences like we’re going to try and explain it to them or why don’t you come and see the film? Such structures in these verbs correspond to the use of the infinitive ‘to,’ as in we’re going to try to explain it to them or why don’t you come to see the film? Since these structures are grammatically odd and, though extremely common, are mainly restricted to informal English, they are regarded as wrong by some and should be avoided in formal standard English. 3 On whether it is more correct to say both the boys and the girls or both the boys and girls, see both (usage). 4 Where a number of items are separated by and, the following verb needs to be in the plural: see or1 (usage).



Either or both of two stated possibilities: audio and/or video components
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  • What's your favorite thing to eat (and/or drink) on the bike?
  • Feel free to discuss any of the above, and/or to ask questions about any of it.
  • You could experience nausea, insomnia, fatigue, and/or muscle cramps.


Old English and, ond, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch en and German und.

Words that rhyme with and

band, bland, brand, expand, firsthand, gland, grand, hand, land, manned, misunderstand, offhand, rand, righthand, Samarkand, sand, stand, strand, thirdhand, underhand, undermanned, understand, unplanned, untanned, withstand

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