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and Meaning, Definition & Usage

And conjunction
Etymology
AS. and; akin to OS. endi, Icel. enda, OHG. anti, enti, inti, unti, G. und, D. en, OD. ende. Cf, An if, Ante-.
Definitions
  1. A particle which expresses the relation of connection or addition. It is used to conjoin a word with a word, a clause with a clause, or a sentence with a sentence. (a) It is sometimes used emphatically; as, "there are women and women," that is, two very different sorts of women. (b) By a rhetorical figure, notions, one of which is modificatory of the other, are connected by and; as, "the tediousness and process of my travel," that is, the tedious process, etc.; "thy fair and outward character," that is, thy outwardly fair character, Schmidt's Shak. Lex.
  2. In order to; -- used instead of the infinitival to, especially after try, come, go.
    At least to try and teach the erring soul. Milton.
  3. It is sometimes, in old songs, a mere expletive.
    When that I was and a little tiny boy. Shak.
  4. If; though. See An, conj. Obs. Chaucer.
    As they will set an house on fire, and it were but to roast their eggs. Bacon.

Webster 1913


"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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