Language: Old English
Origin: betweonum


adverb, preposition
be‧tween S1 W1
1 also in between in or through the space that separates two things, people, or places:
I sat down between Sue and Jane.
a house and stables with a yard in between
The ball rolled between his feet.
2 also in between in the time that separates two times or events:
Are there any public holidays between Christmas and Easter?
You shouldn't eat between meals.
The team have a lot of work to do between now and Sunday.
A lot of students spend a year abroad in between school and university.
I've had a few jobs with long periods of unemployment in between.
3 within a range of amounts, numbers, distances etc:
The project will cost between eight and ten million dollars.
Most of the victims were young men between the ages of 16 and 21.
4 used to say which two places are joined or connected by something:
They're building a new road between Manchester and Sheffield.
5 used to say which people or things are involved in something together or are connected:
the long-standing friendship between Bob and Bryan
co-operation between the two countries
She had overheard a private conversation between two MPs.
the link between serious sunburn and deadly skin cancer
6 used to say which people or things get, have, or are involved in something that is shared:
Tom divided his money between his children.
Between the four of them they managed to lift her into the ambulance.
We collected £17 between us.
7 used to say which two things or people you are comparing:
the contrast between town and country life
In her book she makes a comparison between Russian and British ballet.
the difference between good music and really great music

between you and me

also between ourselves spoken used before telling someone something that you do not want them to tell anyone else:
Between you and me, I think Schmidt's about to resign.

come between somebody

if something comes between two people, it causes an argument or problems between them:
I let my stupid pride come between us.
10 used when it is difficult to give an exact description of something and you therefore have to compare it to two things that are similar to it:
He uttered a sound that was something between a sigh and a groan.

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