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

Microsoft now wants to collaborate with Apple, Google, and everyone else who also commits changes to Chromium. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Microsoft is rebuilding its Edge browser on Chrome and bringing it to the Mac," 6 Dec. 2018 Despite the blackness, everyone could see everyone else. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "‘I Think I’ve Been Shot’: Nighttime Raid in Afghanistan Reveals New U.S. Strategy," 5 Dec. 2018 With four squads on the board, anyone with a diminished hand of cards is left unable to defend themselves and thus becomes a target for everyone else's aggression. Owen Duffy, Ars Technica, "Wildlands may be the slickest, simplest fantasy skirmish game ever made," 1 Dec. 2018 Spot a delay before everyone else If the inbound plane for your flight is late, the airline often won’t notify you that your flight is delayed until after that plane arrives. Eric Jordan, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do When Your Flight Is Canceled or Delayed," 20 Nov. 2018 Their only hope of getting treatment is if someone else dies first, freeing up a bed. Mallory Locklear, Discover Magazine, "With Big Data and Predictive Analytics, Scientists Are Getting Smarter About Outbreaks," 8 Nov. 2018 Cruises are unique in their negatives but also their positives — what else ferries you to and from picture-perfect destinations in a vessel dedicated to pampering its inhabitants? Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "The case against cruises," 15 Nov. 2018 Here's what else is often misunderstood about this type of diagnosis. 1. Barbara Brody, Good Housekeeping, "8 Common Myths About Metastatic Breast Cancer," 11 Sep. 2018 Transgender women have bodies and wear underwear just like everyone else. Jessica Andrews, Teen Vogue, "Potential Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Plus-Size, Transgender, and Disabled Models Speak Out," 8 Nov. 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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The first known use of else was before the 12th century

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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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