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either

adjective ei·ther \ ˈē-t͟hər also ˈī- \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of either

1 :being the one and the other of two :each
  • flowers blooming on either side of the walk
  • plays either instrument well
2 :being the one or the other of two
  • take either road

Examples of either in a Sentence

  1. French and English are closer to each other than either language is to Chinese.

  2. You may take either road.

  3. You may choose either answer.

  4. Either way is all right with me.

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Origin and Etymology of either

Middle English, from Old English ǣghwæther both, each, from ā always + ge-, collective prefix + hwæther which of two, whether — more at aye, co-


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either

pronoun

Definition of either

:the one or the other
  • take either of the two routes

Examples of either in a Sentence

  1. I haven't written to either of my parents.

First Known Use of either

before 12th century


3

either

conjunction

Definition of either

used as a function word before two or more coordinate words, phrases, or clauses joined usually by or to indicate that what immediately follows is the first of two or more alternatives
  • can be used either as a guest room or as an office

Recent Examples of either from the Web

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First Known Use of either

before 12th century


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either

adverb

Definition of either

1 :likewise, moreover used for emphasis after a negative
  • not smart or handsome either
2 :for that matter used for emphasis after an alternative following a question or conditional clause especially where negation is implied
  • who answers for the Irish parliament? or army either?
  • —Robert Browning

Examples of either in a Sentence

  1. you won't convince them, and, in fact, I don't agree either!

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First Known Use of either

15th century



EITHER Defined for English Language Learners

either

adjective

Definition of either for English Language Learners

  • : one and the other of two

  • : one or the other of two


either

pronoun

Definition of either for English Language Learners

  • : the one or the other


either

adverb

Definition of either for English Language Learners

  • : in addition


EITHER Defined for Kids

1

either

adjective ei·ther \ ˈē-t͟hər , ˈī- \

Definition of either for Students

1 :1each
  • There are flowers on either side of the road.
2 :being one or the other
  • You can take either road.

2

either

pronoun

Definition of either for Students

:the one or the other
  • She hadn't told either of her parents.

3

either

conjunction

Definition of either for Students

used before words or phrases the last of which follows “or” to show that they are choices or possibilities
  • You can either go or stay.

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either

adverb

Definition of either for Students

:also used after a negative statement
  • The car is reliable and not expensive either.


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