\ ˈel(t)s How to pronounce else (audio) \

Definition of else

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : in a different manner or place or at a different time how else could he have acted here and nowhere else
b : in an additional manner or place or at an additional time where else is gold found
2 : if not : otherwise leave or else you'll be sorry used absolutely to express a threat do what I tell you or else



Definition of else (Entry 2 of 2)

: other:
a : being different in identity it must have been somebody else
b : being in addition what else did he say?

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Synonyms & Antonyms for else

Synonyms: Adverb

differently, other (than), otherwise

Synonyms: Adjective

added, additional, another, farther, fresh, further, more, other

Antonyms: Adverb


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Examples of else in a Sentence


We decided to go someplace else for dinner. if you could do it over again, how else would you have done it?


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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Miscommunication can lead to everyone thinking someone else removed the child. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Constable’s initiative aims to prevent hot-car deaths in Houston," 7 June 2019 But one of the purposes of the murals is trying to show what this would look like in an ecological content, putting the animal or the plant, in the proper ecological context, to see what else would have been alive at the time. Roger Catlin, Smithsonian, "Meet the Master Muralist Who Inspired Today’s Generation of Paleoartists," 5 June 2019 Further Reading Apple unveils the Pro Display XDR, a display unlike anything else on the market The Pro Display XDR has an edge-to-edge glass display with 576 blue LEDs, which are each modulated at 10 times the display's refresh rate. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Our first-look photos of Apple’s new Mac Pro and the Pro Display XDR," 4 June 2019 Gerkitz was charged three counts of financial identity theft for using someone else’s Illinois LINK and debit cards to make purchases in the amounts of $4.96, $102.31 and $77.88 at various businesses in Naperville on Dec. 28. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Three charged in connection with items taken from a Naperville car, cops say," 4 June 2019 Neiditch has declined to share anything else about the space flight, not even what carrier will be used to take the future owner (and a plus one into orbit). Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Buy This NYC Penthouse, And Get Two Free Tickets to Space," 30 May 2019 There's something to be said about that one hotel brand that completely changes the game for everyone else. Condé Nast Traveler, "How Ace Hotel's Creative Lead Changed the Game: Women Who Travel Podcast," 29 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Nothing else catches us up in such singleness of purpose or gives us so righteous a high. Fred Niedner, Post-Tribune, "D-Day recollections remind us of horrors of war," 7 June 2019 Her desire to be somebody else — anybody else — is really telling. Nina Metz, chicagotribune.com, "‘Claws’ Episode 3 recap: 5 things to know about ‘Russian Navy’ and the sinking of the S.S. Jen," 25 June 2018 Something else The Wing has over your typical campaign rally audience? Jessica Wakeman, Glamour, "How The Wing Became a Secret Weapon For Midterm Candidates," 30 Oct. 2018 Maddie and Kailand also have something else in common besides being famous people in Hollywood: Both have siblings who are competing on the current season of Dancing With the Stars: Juniors — Mandla Morris and Mackenzie Ziegler. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Maddie Ziegler and Stevie Wonder's Son Kailand Morris Are Reportedly Dating," 30 Oct. 2018 In there nothing else matters, including the losing. Tom Verducci, SI.com, "The Star That Still Won't Shine: The Incredible, Unprecedented but Unseen Greatness of Mike Trout," 12 July 2018 So, the word went out and the police began pressuring various black militants and gang members, arresting some and hassling others, sending a stern behave-or-else message. Rick Kogan, chicagotribune.com, "Politicians with short memories helped Chicago become the first city with a Martin Luther King Jr. Drive," 23 Apr. 2018 Public goods have an inherent free-rider problem: For anyone who can, the impulse is to let someone else foot the bill, and simply consume the public good for free. Noah Smith, chicagotribune.com, "Domino's Pizza fixing potholes is an ominous sign," 20 June 2018 Have someone else mark the arrow an inch in front of the bow handle. Andrew Del-colle And Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make a Bow and Arrow By Hand," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of else


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for else


Middle English elles, from Old English; akin to Latin alius other, alter other of two, Greek allos other

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The first known use of else was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of else

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: in a different or additional manner or place : at a different or additional time



English Language Learners Definition of else (Entry 2 of 2)

used to refer to a different or additional person or thing


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Kids Definition of else

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : in a different way or place or at a different time How else could it be done?
2 : if the facts are or were different : if not Hurry or else you'll be late.



Kids Definition of else (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : being other and different Ask someone else.
2 : being in addition What else can I bring?

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