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[bih-sahydz] /bɪˈsaɪdz/
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.
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.
Origin of besides
1150-1200; Middle English; see beside, -s1
Can be confused
beside, besides (see usage note at beside)
1. further. 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. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for besides


apart from; even considering: besides costing too much, the scheme is impractical
sentence connector
anyway; moreover
as well
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Word Origin and History for besides

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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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