else

adverb
\ ˈel(t)s \

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

else

adjective

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

likewise

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Examples of else in a Sentence

Adverb

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

Adjective

is there anything else you would like to add to your list?
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

In other words, Apple can't force Lightning or any of its own standards on everybody else. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Why the iPhone Won't Dump Lightning for USB-C Even Though the iPad Pro Did," 11 Feb. 2019 When Molly McCook first appeared on Last Man Standing, everyone was too distracted by her differences from Molly Ephraim to notice much else about the actress. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'Last Man Standing' Star Molly McCook Has a Famous Father You'll Totally Recognize," 2 Feb. 2019 Florals were everywhere else at the party too, from the wallpaper print and arrangements to the guests, who came wearing dresses in floral prints or embellished with appliqués. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "It Sure Looks Like Jessica Simpson Revealed Her Daughter's Name at Her Baby Shower," 20 Jan. 2019 When all else fails, Leatherwood recommends using an ApHogee Two-Step Protein Treatment, which repairs breakage on sight or a rice water rinse to stop shedding and smooth out your cuticles. Lara Adekola, Teen Vogue, "How to Grow Your Natural Hair," 2 Jan. 2019 The Terminal app, for instance, offers three color schemes and not much else in way of preferences. Scott Gilbertson, Ars Technica, "A tour of elementary OS, perhaps the Linux world’s best hope for the mainstream," 28 Dec. 2018 Farmers in Europe have to move fast to stop its spread (usually by sap-eating bugs), or else risk destruction of their crops. Lacy Schley, Discover Magazine, "Protecting Olive Trees From Above," 19 Oct. 2018 There’s nothing else like Rocket League, except all these games trying so hard to recreate Rocket League. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Super Meat Boy for free, Sega teases a Catherine port," 4 Jan. 2019 If nothing else, the spirit of DIY and hacking remains alive and well for people to make up their own solutions for the shortcomings of big tech companies. Dami Lee, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Gadgets," 30 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 LeBron James and Kobe Bryant now have something else in common: the Lakers. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "How LeBron James Was Courted by the Lakers," 2 July 2018 Both men have something else in common: They are largely unfazed by criticism or bad press. New York Times, "How Anti-Immigration Passion Was Inflamed From the Fringe," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of else

Adverb

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

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for else

Adverb

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

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else

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of else

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

else

adjective

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

used to refer to a different or additional person or thing

else

adverb
\ ˈels \

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.

else

adjective

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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