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Definition of BOTH

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Both \Both\ (b[=o]th), a. or pron. [OE. bothe, ba[thorn]e, fr. Icel. b[=a][eth]ir; akin to Dan. baade, Sw. b[*a]da, Goth. baj[=o][thorn]s, OHG. beid[=e], b[=e]d[=e], G. & D. beide, also AS. begen, b[=a], b[=u], Goth. bai, and Gr. 'a`mfw, L. ambo, Lith. ab[`a], OSlav. oba, Skr. ubha. [root]310. Cf. {Amb-}.] The one and the other; the two; the pair, without exception of either. [1913 Webster]

     Note: It is generally used adjectively with nouns; as, both horses ran away; but with pronouns, and often with nous, it is used substantively, and followed by of. [1913 Webster]

     Note: It frequently stands as a pronoun.
           [1913 Webster]

                 She alone is heir to both of us.   --Shak. [1913 Webster]

                 Abraham took sheep and oxen, and gave them unto Abimelech; and both of them made a covenant.
                                                    --Gen. xxi.
                                                    27. [1913 Webster]

                 He will not bear the loss of his rank, because he can bear the loss of his estate; but he will bear both, because he is prepared for both.
                                                    --Bolingbroke. [1913 Webster]

     Note: It is often used in apposition with nouns or pronouns. [1913 Webster]

                 Thy weal and woe are both of them extremes.
                                                    --Shak. [1913 Webster]

                 This said, they both betook them several ways.
                                                    --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     Note: Both now always precedes any other attributive words; as, both their armies; both our eyes. [1913 Webster]

     Note: Both of is used before pronouns in the objective case; as, both of us, them, whom, etc.; but before substantives its used is colloquial, both (without of) being the preferred form; as, both the brothers. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Both \Both\, conj.
     As well; not only; equally.
     [1913 Webster]

     Note: Both precedes the first of two co["o]rdinate words or phrases, and is followed by and before the other, both
           . . . and . . .; as well the one as the other; not only this, but also that; equally the former and the latter. It is also sometimes followed by more than two co["o]rdinate words, connected by and expressed or understood. [1913 Webster]

                 To judge both quick and dead.      --Milton. [1913 Webster]

                 A masterpiece both for argument and style.
                                                    --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]

                 To whom bothe heven and erthe and see is sene.
                                                    --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

                 Both mongrel, puppy, whelp, and hound.
                                                    --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]

                 He prayeth well who loveth well
                 Both man and bird and beast.       --Coleridge. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

25 Moby Thesaurus words for "both":
     a deux, brace, couple, couplet, distich, double harness, doublet, duad, duet, duo, dyad, either, for two, match, mates, pair, set of two, span, team, tete-a-tete, the two, twain, two, twosome, yoke


Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]


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