Definition of "both" [both]

  • One and the other; relating to or being two in conjunction: Both guests have arrived. Both the books are torn. Both her fingers are broken. (adjective)
  • The one and the other: Both were candidates. We are both candidates. Both of us are candidates. (pronoun)
  • Used with and to indicate that each of two things in a coordinated phrase or clause is included: both men and women; an attorney well regarded for both intelligence and honesty. (conjunction)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "both" in a sentence
  • "Now he's taking both girls to the supermarket for a list of about five items; I'm not at all sure he's ever taken them *both* since Emer started walking, so it may be an exciting experience for him."
  • "Greece is in Europe..but that is Geography..so is Egypt is in Africa…but both are considered Middle Eastern countries…..both are old civilizations linked to each others..and the whole area…"
  • "You next proceed to form marriages, both in ascending and in descending lines, with cards on the outside of _both_ groups (Rule I)."