else

adverb
\ 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

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

And in terms of styling, wearing only one piece is an eye-grabbing statement that doesn't require anything else to constitute a look. Glamour, "If You Want a Big Style Moment in 2019, Bring On the Feathers," 10 Apr. 2019 Suddenly neither of us could focus on anything else — we were stuck in a rabbit hole, trying to figure out how exactly to get this glistening, radiant look. Bella Cacciatore, Allure, "Buttery Skin Is the Biggest New Makeup Trend, and I Tried It," 9 Apr. 2019 Design by Morgan McMullen First dance songs are important, but what's more important—and will ultimately determine whether or not your friends are talking about anything else besides the food six months later—is the music during the reception. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "The Best 2019 Wedding Songs for the First Dance and the Reception," 29 Mar. 2019 There should never be more than one mixed arrangement in a room and everything else should be a single element that is plucked from the one mixed arrangement. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "How One Celebrity Florist Brings Flowers into the Home for Spring," 19 Mar. 2019 Girls who don’t traditionally have the opportunity to continue their education deserve the same chances as everyone else. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Duchess Meghan Won Morocco’s Heart Just Weeks Before Her Due Date," 26 Feb. 2019 If nothing else, just pop in to grab a bottle of their very popular bust-firming oil. Chris Ciolli, Allure, "Barcelona Travel Guide: 11 Beauty Spots to Visit in Spain’s Most Welcoming City," 11 Mar. 2019 Likewise, if your business needs specialized enterprise apps, an admin can lock down the Windows Store to make sure employees get those, and nothing else. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Who needs Windows 10 Pro: 5 reasons to upgrade," 5 Mar. 2019 Someone else has just tried smoking a scorpion’s tail. Horatio Clare, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why You Should Go to Belize Now," 21 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 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

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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 How to pronounce else (audio) \

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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