Definition of both in English:
predeterminer, determiner, & pronoun
- While he chanted and threw the water at both of us in equal turn, it focused my mind.
- He tried to justify it all by saying he was trying to do the right thing and wanted to keep both of us happy.
- It seems that Tanya still has both of the tapes I made for her and still plays them in the car.
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- The story is full both of the pain of such suffering and of pride in the martyrs for their faith.
- These days enable both parents and children to get a feel of what a school might be like.
- What needs to be emphasised is that it refers to both self poisoning and self injury.
Middle English: from Old Norse báthir.
When both is used in constructions with and, the structures following ‘both’ and ‘and’ should be symmetrical in well-formed English. Thus, studies of zebra finches, both in the wild and in captivity is stronger and clearer than studies of zebra finches, both in the wild and captivity. In the second example, the symmetry or parallelism of ‘in the wild’ and ‘in captivity’ has been lost.
have it both ways
- Benefit from two incompatible ways of thinking or behaving: countries cannot have it both ways: the cost of a cleaner environment may sometimes be fewer jobsMore example sentences
- They were clever and funny, and succeeded in having it both ways - appealing to cheesecake instincts while parodying them at the same time.
- He was trying to have it both ways, being an administration player one day and an outside critic the next.
- We can't have it both ways: you can't have the lowest income taxes in Europe, the best hospitals and schools and cheap petrol too.