Between meaning

bĭ-twēn
The definition of between is the space between two points in position or time.

An example of between is the space located in the middle of two people standing next to each other.

adverb
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In confidence restricted to.

Between you and me, he is not qualified.

preposition
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As measured against. Often used to express a reciprocal relationship.

Choose between riding and walking.

preposition
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With equal parts shared by each of.

They divided it between them.

preposition
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That connects or relates to.

A bond between friends, the difference between right and wrong.

preposition
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Connecting spatially.

A railroad between the two cities.

preposition
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In an intermediate space, position, or time; in the interim.
adverb
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In or through the space that separates (two things)

Between the house and the garage.

preposition
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In or of the time, amount, or degree that separates (two things); intermediate to.

Between blue and green.

preposition
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Along a course that connects.

The road runs between here and there.

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To the exclusion of all but both of.

Let's keep this matter between us.

preposition
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From one or the other of.

Choose between love and duty.

preposition
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In an intermediate space, position, or function.
adverb
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In an intermediate time; in the interval.
adverb
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In the position or interval that separates (two things), or intermediate in quantity or degree. (See the Usage notes below.)

John stood between Amy and Mary. Let's meet between two and three.

I want to buy one that costs somewhere between forty and fifty dollars.

preposition
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Conversation between friends.

preposition
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Between you and me, I think the boss is crazy. Let's keep this between ourselves.

preposition
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In transit from (one to the other, or connecting places).

He's between jobs right now. The shuttle runs between the town and the airport.

preposition
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Combined (by effort or ownership).

Between us all, we shall succeed. We've only got £5 between us.

Between the leaky taps and the peeling wallpaper, there isn't much about this house to appeal to a buyer.

preposition
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One of (representing a choice).

You must choose between him and me.

Some colour-blind people can't distinguish between red and green.

preposition
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A kind of needle, shorter than a sharp, with a small rounded eye, used for making fine stitches on heavy fabrics.
noun
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Associating or uniting in a reciprocal action or relationship.

An agreement between workers and management; a certain resemblance between the two stories.

preposition
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in between
  • In an intermediate situation:.
    My roommates disagreed and I was caught in between.
idiom
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in between times
  • During an intervening period; in the meantime:.
    Has written several books and teaches in between times.
idiom
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between ourselves
  • In confidence; as a secret.
idiom
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in between
  • In an intermediate position.
  • In the midst of.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of between

  • Middle English bitwene from Old English betwēonum dwo- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English betwene, from Old English betwēonan, betwēonum (“between, among, amid, in the midst, meanwhile”, dative plural, literally “by the two, near both”), from Proto-Germanic *bi- (“be-”), *twihnaz (“two each”), corresponding to be- +‎ twain. Cognate with Scots between (“between”), Scots atween (“between”), Gothic (tweihnai, “two each”), Old English betweohs (“between”), Old English twinn (“double, twofold”). More at betwixt, twin.

    From Wiktionary