besides

[bih-sahydz]
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adverb
  1. moreover; furthermore; also: Besides, I promised her we would come.
  2. in addition: There are three elm trees and two maples besides.
  3. otherwise; else: They had a roof over their heads but not much besides.
preposition
  1. over and above; in addition to: Besides a mother he has a sister to support.
  2. other than; except: There's no one here besides Bill and me.

Origin of besides

Middle English word dating back to 1150–1200; see origin at beside, -s1
Can be confusedbeside besides (see usage note at beside)

Synonyms for besides

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1. further.

Synonym study

1. Besides, moreover both indicate something additional to what has already been stated. Besides often suggests that the addition is in the nature of an afterthought: The bill cannot be paid as yet; besides, the work is not completed. Moreover is more formal and implies that the addition is something particular, emphatic, or important: I did not like the house; moreover, it was too high-priced.

Usage note

4, 5. See beside.
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Contemporary Examples of besides

Historical Examples of besides

  • Besides, I never felt contempt for anything to which the gods had given life.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • Besides, it is very possible that you are unjust to Hipparete.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • Besides, he had four quarts left, for which he expected to find a ready sale.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Besides, the five thousand dollars were gone and not likely to be recovered.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Besides, it was not very substantial, and failed to keep up their wonted strength.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger


British Dictionary definitions for besides

besides

preposition
  1. apart from; even consideringbesides costing too much, the scheme is impractical
sentence connector
  1. anyway; moreover
adverb
  1. as well
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Word Origin and History for besides
prep.

attested from c.1200 (common after c.1400), from beside + adverbial genitive -s. Once sharing all the senses of beside, now properly limited to "in addition to, otherwise."

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