every other

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of every other

1 :all those that are different or separate from the person or thing that has already been mentioned
  • It's a problem that's affecting this town and every other one in the state.
2 used to say that some repeated activity, event, etc., alternately happens and does not happen in consecutive named periods
  • I run every other day.
  • The contest is held every other year.

Word by Word Definitions

every play
  1. : being each individual or part of a group without exception

  2. : being each in a series or succession

  3. : being all taken severally

other play
  1. : being the one (as of two or more) remaining or not included

  2. : being the one or ones distinct from that or those first mentioned or implied

  3. : second

  1. : one that remains of two or more

  2. : a thing opposite to or excluded by something else

  3. : a different or additional one

  1. : one of two that remains

  2. : each preceding one

  3. : a different or additional one

  1. : otherwise

  1. : to treat or consider (a person or a group of people) as alien to oneself or one's group (as because of different racial, sexual, or cultural characteristics)


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