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besides

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

First recorded in 1150–1200; Middle English; see origin at beside, -s1

synonym study for besides

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.

words often confused with besides

4, 5. See beside.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH besides

beside, besides (see confusables note at beside)
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How to use besides in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for besides

besides
/ (bɪˈsaɪdz) /

preposition
apart from; even consideringbesides costing too much, the scheme is impractical
sentence connector
anyway; moreover
adverb
as well
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