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else

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adverb \ˈel(t)s\

Definition of else

  1. 1a :  in a different manner or place or at a different time how else could he have acted here and nowhere elseb :  in an additional manner or place or at an additional time where else is gold found

  2. 2 :  if not :  otherwise leave or else you'll be sorry —used absolutely to express a threat do what I tell you or else

Examples of else in a Sentence

  1. We decided to go someplace else for dinner.

  2. if you could do it over again, how else would you have done it?

Origin and Etymology of else

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


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else

adjective

Definition of else

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

Examples of else in a Sentence

  1. is there anything else you would like to add to your list?

Recent Examples of else from the Web

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First Known Use of else

before 12th century



ELSE Defined for English Language Learners

else

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adverb

Definition of else for English Language Learners

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

else

adjective

Definition of else for English Language Learners

  • —used to refer to a different or additional person or thing


ELSE Defined for Kids

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else

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adverb \ˈels\

Definition of else for Students

  1. 1 :  in a different way or place or at a different time How else could it be done?

  2. 2 :  if the facts are or were different :  if not Hurry or else you'll be late.


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else

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adjective

Definition of else for Students

  1. 1 :  being other and different Ask someone else.

  2. 2 :  being in addition What else can I bring?



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