- 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)
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