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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 threatdo what I tell you or else

Definition of else (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adverb

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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 And really, right now, nobody else in the country should even be thinking about this stuff. Fox News, "Panic over 'murder hornets' leading some people to kill essential bee population, experts warn," 11 May 2020 Removing the physical office space means nobody gets any sense of how fancy or well-appointed (or not) anybody else’s surroundings are. Grace Chen, Quartz at Work, "Video conferencing is a secret equalizer for women," 7 May 2020 The governor and his administration have defended that policy as ensuring nursing home residents aren’t left lingering in hospitals or without anywhere else to go. Time, "Additional 1,700 Coronavirus Deaths Reported in New York State Nursing Homes," 5 May 2020 Gallagher's district includes Brown County, where the virus is spreading faster than anywhere else in the state, in part because of outbreaks at meat-processing facilities. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Supreme Court takes up lawsuit seeking to end Evers' stay-at-home order while economic toll rises," 5 May 2020 Does this person usually live or stay somewhere else? Aviva Rutkin, The Conversation, "Your guide to the 2020 census questionnaire," 1 May 2020 One of the most interesting features within the new desktop Comet Lake chips is the ability to turn off hyperthreading on a per-core basis, something Intel or AMD hasn’t provided anywhere else. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel's 'Comet Lake-S' 10th-gen Core CPUs hit 10 cores and 5.3GHz speeds," 30 Apr. 2020 Like everyone else around him, Luis had watched Covid-19 ricochet around the world. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Smithsonian’s Asian Pacific American Center Debuts Online Exhibition Centered on Healing Practices," 30 Apr. 2020 Images come in every day and are scoured for clues about North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs: a trailer being parked here, steam coming from a facility there, scaffolding or a platform being put up somewhere else. Simon Denyer, BostonGlobe.com, "Where’s North Korea’s Kim? Lets see what the satellites say.," 29 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective My resting state is giving someone else attention -- not actually receiving it. Brooke Baldwin, CNN, "How fighting coronavirus taught me about the gift of connection," 19 Apr. 2020 And no different than anyone else tests and launches, et cetera. Time Staff, Time, "Donald Trump's Interview With TIME on 2020: Read the Transcript," 20 June 2019 These can be chores (do a load of laundry), exercise (bang out a set of push-ups), or something else (break for coffee and tea). Fortune Editors, Fortune, "How to work from home if you don’t have room for an office—or even a desk," 27 Mar. 2020 There are also interviews, bedtime stories, and everything else celebrities can come up with to keep our spirits afloat. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "Celebrities Are Creating Their Own Reality TV Shows For Us During Quarantine," 19 Mar. 2020 To put him on the 40-man, and thus give him a chance to get called up in September, the Rockies would have had to cut somebody else and risk losing them on waivers. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Rockies Mailbag: Colorado’s bad record doesn’t trump the “experience” of Coors Field," 10 Sep. 2019 Have a question about the Senate trial or something else impeachment-related? NBC News, "Making the Case," 23 Jan. 2020 But events since then have been so fast-paced and chaotic by the standards of Mr. Putin’s deliberate, no-drama style of domestic leadership that many observers now wonder whether something else might be afoot. Anton Troianovski, New York Times, "Big Changes? Or Maybe Not. Putin’s Plans Keep Russia Guessing.," 21 Jan. 2020 Camp in the Country’s Least-Visited National Park Let everyone else swarm the Grand Canyon and Yosemite, and head to Isle Royale, one of the most remote national narks in the nation, located in the middle of Lake Superior. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "8 Bucket-List Adventures You've Never Heard Of," 22 Jan. 2020

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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, going back to Old English elles, adverbial use of genitive singular neuter of elle "other," going back to Germanic *alja- "other" (whence, with parallel formation, Old High German alles, elles "else," Gothic aljis), going back to Indo-European *h2el-i̯o-, whence also Latin alius "other," Old Irish aile, Middle Welsh eil "second," Greek állos "other," Armenian ayl, Tocharian B allek "other, another"

Note: Excepting the frozen genitival constructions represented by Old English elles (cf. owiht elles, elles awiht, literally "aught of other" = "aught else"), the pronoun *alja- is marginally attested in Germanic languages outside of compounds (as Old English elcor, ellicor "else," Old High German ellihor "further," Old Norse elligar, ellar, ella "otherwise") and the initial element el- "other, foreign" (cf. Old English eleland "foreign country," Old High German elilenti "foreign").


Middle English elles, going back to Old English — more at else entry 1

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

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“Else.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/else. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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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