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in the space separating two objects: It was hard to choose between vanilla and chocolate. [Among is used when more than two persons or things are involved. Between is used when only two persons or things are involved.]
Not to be confused with:
among – in association or connection with; surrounded by: You are among friends.
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a. In or through the position or interval separating: between the trees; between 11 o'clock and 12 o'clock.
b. Intermediate to, as in quantity, amount, or degree: It costs between 15 and 20 dollars.
2. Connecting spatially: a railroad between the two cities.
3. Associating or uniting in a reciprocal action or relationship: an agreement between workers and management; a certain resemblance between the two stories.
4. In confidence restricted to: Between you and me, he is not qualified.
a. By the combined effort or effect of: Between them they succeeded.
b. In the combined ownership of: They had only a few dollars between them.
6. As measured against. Often used to express a reciprocal relationship: choose between riding and walking.
In an intermediate space, position, or time; in the interim.
in between
In an intermediate situation: My roommates disagreed and I was caught in between.
in between times
During an intervening period; in the meantime: has written several books and teaches in between times.

[Middle English bitwene, from Old English betwēonum; see dwo- in Indo-European roots.]

between′ness n.
Usage Note: The -tween in between comes from the same Indo-European root that gave us two, twain, and duo, and the -mong of among comes from an Old English word that meant "crowd" or "throng." It is thus unsurprising that a traditional rule requires between to be used only for sentences involving two items and among for sentences involving more than two. Indeed, in sentences involving two items, no rule is needed; native English speakers spontaneously use between (as in the differences between [not among] karate and judo). But when there are more than two items, practice is mixed. Many careful writers observe a more subtle distinction, using among when the sentence refers to the entities collectively or as a mass, as in There were many outstanding players among the teams in the quarterfinal round or A thistle is growing among the roses, but preferring between when the sentence refers to relationships involving particular pairs of entities from within the group, as in We haven't yet assigned the matchups between teams in the quarterfinal round or I have sand between my toes. In such sentences, the twoness of between has not, so to speak, been lost in the crowd—the pairings within the larger group are important to the meaning of the sentence and thus influence the writer's choice of preposition.
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1. at a point or in a region intermediate to two other points in space, times, degrees, etc
2. in combination; together: between them, they saved enough money to buy a car.
3. confined or restricted to: between you and me.
4. indicating a reciprocal relation or comparison: an argument between a man and his wife.
5. indicating two or more alternatives: a choice between going now and staying all night.
between one specified thing and another: two houses with a garage between.
[Old English betwēonum; related to Gothic tweihnai two together; see two, twain]
Usage: After distribute and words with a similar meaning, among should be used rather than between: this enterprise issued shares which were distributed among its workers
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1. in the space separating: between New York and Chicago.
2. intermediate to in time, quantity, or degree: between twelve and one o'clock.
3. linking; connecting: air service between cities.
4. in equal portions for each of: The couple split the profits between them.
5. among: sharing responsibilities between the five of us.
6. by the common participation of: Between us, we can finish the job.
7. in the choice or contrast of: the difference between good and bad.
8. by the combined effect of.
9. existing confidentially for: We'll keep this between ourselves.
10. involving; concerning: war between nations.
11. in the intervening space or time: visits that were far between.
in between, in an intermediate place.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English betwēonan=be- be- + twēonum (, c. Gothic tweihnai two each]
be•tween′ness, n.
usage: By traditional usage rules, among expresses relationship when more than two are involved and between is used for only two: to decide between tea and coffee. between, however, continues to be used, as it has been throughout its history, to express relationship of persons or things considered individually, no matter how many: Between holding public office, teaching, and raising a family, she has little free time. Between you and I, though heard occasionally in the speech of even educated persons, is usually considered incorrect. By the rules of grammar, any and all pronouns that are the object of a preposition must be in the objective case: between you and me; between her and them. The construction between each (or every) is fully standard when the sense indicates that more than one thing is meant: Marigolds peeked between each row of vegetables.
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1. describing position

If something is between two things, it has one of the things on one side of it and the other thing on the other side of it.

Janice was standing between the two men.
Northampton is roughly halfway between London and Birmingham.

Be Careful!
Don't say that something is 'between' several things. You say that it is among them.

See among
2. differences

You talk about a difference between two or more things or people. Don't use 'among'.

What is the difference between football and soccer?
There isn't much difference between the three parties.
3. choosing

When someone makes a choice, you say that they choose between two or more things or people. Don't use 'among'.

It was difficult to choose between the two candidates.
You can choose between tomato, cheese or meat sauce on your pasta.

You say that someone chooses between one thing or person and another.

She had to choose between work and her family.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.between - in the intervalbetween - in the interval; "dancing all the dances with little rest between"
2.between - in betweenbetween - in between; "two houses with a tree between"
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1. amidst, among, mid, in the middle of, betwixt She left the table to stand between the two men.
2. connecting, uniting, joining, linking the relationship between doctors and patients
Related words
prefix inter-
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بَيْنَفيما فيما بَيْنَهُمابَيْن
mellemmellem sigsammen
egymás közöttközé
á millimillisameiginlega
kartutik tarp mūsų kalbant
medna sredivmes
arasındakendi aralarındaaralarında
ở giữa


the shops are shut between two and four o'clocklas tiendas cierran de dos a cuatro
between now and Mayde ahora a mayo
I sat (in) between John and Sueme senté entre John y Sue
it's between five and six metres longmide entre cinco y seis metros de largo
2. (= amongst) → entre
we shared it between usnos lo repartimos entre los dos
just between you and me; just between ourselvesentre nosotros
we only had £5 between usteníamos sólo 5 libras entre todos
we did it between the two of uslo hicimos entre los dos
B. ADV (also in between) (time) → mientras tanto; (place) → en medio, entre medio
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Stroud is between Oxford and Bristol → Stroud est entre Oxford et Bristol.
between 15 and 20 minutes → entre quinze et vingt minutes
the road between here and London
BUT la route d'ici à Londres.
to choose between → choisir entre
to be divided between people [money, property] → être divisé(e) entre plusieurs personnes
to be shared between
All the tasks are shared between us → Nous partageons toutes les tâches., Nous nous partageons toutes les tâches.
between you and me, between ourselves → entre nous
between us (= altogether)
We only had 5 pounds between us → Nous n'avions que 5 livres en tout.
adv (= between two things) → entre les deux
in between (= between two things) (in space, time)entre les deux
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zwischen (+dat); (with movement) → zwischen (+acc); I was sitting between themich saß zwischen ihnen; sit down between those two boyssetzen Sie sich zwischen diese beiden Jungen; in betweenzwischen (+dat/acc); between now and next week we must …bis nächste Woche müssen wir …; there’s nothing between them (= they’re equal)sie sind gleich gut; (no feelings, relationship) → zwischen ihnen ist nichts
(= amongst)unter (+dat/acc); share the sweets between the two childrenteilen Sie die Süßigkeiten zwischen den beiden Kindern auf; divide the sweets between the childrenverteilen Sie die Süßigkeiten unter die Kinder; we shared an apple between uswir teilten uns (dat)einen Apfel; between ourselves or between you and me he is not very cleverunter uns (dat)gesagt, er ist nicht besonders gescheit; that’s just between ourselvesdas bleibt aber unter uns
(= jointly, showing combined effort) between us/themzusammen; we have a car between the two/three of uswir haben zu zweit/dritt ein Auto, wir zwei/drei haben zusammen ein Auto; between the two/three of us we have enoughzusammen haben wir (zwei/drei) genug; we got the letter written between uswir haben den Brief zusammen or gemeinsam or mit vereinten Kräften geschrieben
(= what with, showing combined effect)neben (+dat); between housework and study I have no time for thatneben or zwischen Haushalt und Studium bleibt mir keine Zeit dazu
adv (place) → dazwischen; (time also) → zwischendurch; in betweendazwischen; the space/time betweender Zwischenraum/die Zwischenzeit, der Raum/die Zeit dazwischen
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1. prep (gen) → tra, fra
the road between here and London → la strada da qui a Londra
a village between Florence and Pisa → un paese tra Firenze e Pisa
between now and next week we must ... → da qui alla settimana prossima dobbiamo...
I sat (in) between John and Sue → ero seduto (in mezzo) tra John e Sue
it's between 5 and 6 metres long → è lungo fra i 5 e i 6 metri
we shared it between us → ce lo siamo diviso tra di noi
just between you and me or ourselves ... → (sia detto) tra me e te..., sia detto tra noi (due)...
we only had £5 between us → fra tutti e due avevamo solo 5 sterline
2. adv (also in between) (of place) → in mezzo; (of time) → nel frattempo
few and far between → rarissimi
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(biˈtwiːn) preposition
1. in, to, through or across the space dividing two people, places, times etc. between the car and the pavement; between 2 o'clock and 2.30; between meals.
2. concerning the relationship of two things or people. the difference between right and wrong.
3. by the combined action of; working together. They managed it between them.
4. part to one (person or thing), part to (the other). Divide the chocolate between you.
between you and me / between ourselves
in confidence. Between you and me, I think he's rather nice.

between is usually used for two.
among is usually used for more than two.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.


بَيْـنَ mezi mellem zwischen μεταξύ entre välissä entre između tra, fra ・・・の間に 사이에 tussen mellom między entre между mellan ระหว่าง arasında ở giữa 在...之间
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adv. en medio;
prep. entre, en medio de.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012


prep entre; between your teeth..entre sus dientes
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