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both    : [b'oθ]
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.
The one and the other; the two; the pair, without exception
of either.
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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.
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Note: It frequently stands as a pronoun.
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She alone is heir to both of us. --Shak.
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Abraham took sheep and oxen, and gave them unto
Abimelech; and both of them made a covenant.
--Gen. xxi.
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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.
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Note: It is often used in apposition with nouns or pronouns.
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Thy weal and woe are both of them extremes.
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This said, they both betook them several ways.
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Note: Both now always precedes any other attributive words;
as, both their armies; both our eyes.
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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.
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Both \Both\, conj.
As well; not only; equally.
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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
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To judge both quick and dead. --Milton.
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A masterpiece both for argument and style.
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To whom bothe heven and erthe and see is sene.
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Both mongrel, puppy, whelp, and hound.
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He prayeth well who loveth well
Both man and bird and beast. --Coleridge.
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