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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 threat do what I tell you or else



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


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Examples of else in a Sentence


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


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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Did anyone else from the Doctor Strange world blip back and forth? Rachel Paige, refinery29.com, "What Is The Next Marvel Movie After Spider-Man: Far From Home?," 5 July 2019 The two things Durr did better than nearly anyone else in the ACC, and arguably the NCAA, were scoring and passing. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville basketball mailbag: How will the Cards fare without Asia Durr?," 5 July 2019 His personal role in the Fourth of July festivities, which presidents have typically avoided (at least since a sputtering effort by Richard Nixon in 1970) so to not politicize them, suggests that the procession is more about Trump than anyone else. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Tanks, But No Tanks," 4 July 2019 The Mind Flayer’s ability to inhabit the bodies of the citizens of Hawkins without anyone else being any the wiser also evokes the nightmarish body-invasion talents of the Thing, while the grotesque true forms of both monsters are similar, as well. Time, "Breaking Down the Many Stranger Things Season 3 References You Might Have Missed," 4 July 2019 And then there is what happens when Gauff has a tennis racket in her hands, making her unlike most anyone else in the world — now or ever. chicagotribune.com, "15-year-old American Coco Gauff reaches third round of Wimbledon," 3 July 2019 And then there is what happens when Gauff has a tennis racket in her hands, making her unlike most anyone else in the world — now or ever. Howard Fendrich, sun-sentinel.com, "Delray Beach 15-year-old Coco Gauff rolls into Wimbledon third round," 3 July 2019 Apt2B: Take 20 percent off all furniture made in the U.S. and 15 percent off everything else, plus free delivery, through 7/9. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "All the best 4th of July sales to shop this week," 3 July 2019 These can be lit and will smolder long enough to be used to ignite the fuse without risking catching anything else on fire or burning the user. Eric Adams, Popular Mechanics, "How to Have Fun (and Stay Safe) During This Year's Fireworks-Filled Fourth," 1 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Like all of their Blizzards, the new addition will indeed remain in place when turned upside down, and will be served upside down—or else customers will receive the next one free. Matt Mcnulty, PEOPLE.com, "Dairy Queen Launches New Galaxy-Inspired Oreo Blizzard with 'Sparkly Cosmic Swirls'," 25 June 2019 And that’s too bad, because these latest sequel flops have something else in common. Jesse Hassenger, The Verge, "Men in Black: International and Shaft show the limits of modern film franchises," 21 June 2019 Vegetarians should order something else or stick to the drinks. Chuck Blount, ExpressNews.com, "52 Weeks of Burgers: Hawks Burger Bar," 14 June 2019 Nothing else catches us up in such singleness of purpose or gives us so righteous a high. Fred Niedner, Post-Tribune, "D-Day recollections remind us of horrors of war," 7 June 2019 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

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

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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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