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other

adjective oth·er \ ˈə-t͟hər \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of other

1 a :being the one (as of two or more) remaining or not included
  • held on with one hand and waved with the other one
b :being the one or ones distinct from that or those first mentioned or implied
  • taller than the other boys
c :second
  • every other day
2 :not the same :different
  • any other color would have been better
  • something other than it seems to be
3 :additional
  • sold in the U.S. and 14 other countries
4 a :recently past
  • the other evening
b :former
  • in other times
5 :disturbingly or threateningly different :alien, exotic

Examples of other in a Sentence

  1. These and other issues will be discussed at the next meeting.

  2. The driver's wife and two other passengers were injured in the accident.

  3. Leaders from China, Russia, and 14 other countries attended the conference.

Recent Examples of other from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of other

Middle English, from Old English ōther; akin to Old High German andar other, Sanskrit antara


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other

noun

Definition of other

1 a :one that remains of two or more
b :a thing opposite to or excluded by something else
  • went from one side to the other
  • nature as the other of culture
2 :a different or additional one
  • the others came later
3 a :one (such as another person) that is psychologically differentiated from the self
b often capitalized :one considered by members of a dominant group as alien, exotic, threatening, or inferior (as because of different racial, sexual, or cultural characteristics)

Origin and Etymology of other

see 1other


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other

pronoun, sometimes plural in construction

Definition of other

1 obsolete
a :one of two that remains
b :each preceding one
2 :a different or additional one
  • something or other

Origin and Etymology of other

see 1other


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other

adverb

Definition of other

:otherwise used with than
  • was unable to see them other than by going to their home

Recent Examples of other from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of other

see 1other


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other

transitive verb

Definition of other

othered; othering
: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)
  • … we trace how in small rural communities these processes of othering the poor are racialized
  • —Victoria Lawson et al.
  • You go in and don't have to go some dark, scary corner for the plus-size section. It can make you feel like you're not being othered and dehumanized.
  • —Amanda Levitt

othering

play \ˈət͟h-riŋ, ˈə-t͟hə-\ noun
    • I am a black writer struggling with and through a language that can powerfully evoke and enforce hidden signs of racial superiority, cultural hegemony, and dismissive "othering" of people …
    • —Toni Morrison

First Known Use of other

1985


OTHER Defined for English Language Learners

other

adjective

Definition of other for English Language Learners

  • —used to refer to all the members of a group except the person or thing that has already been mentioned

  • : in addition to the person or thing that has already been mentioned

  • : different or separate from the person or thing that has already been mentioned


OTHER Defined for Kids

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other

adjective oth·er \ ˈə-t͟hər \

Definition of other for Students

1 :being the one (as of two or more) left
  • I broke my other arm.
2 :1second 1
  • Every other page contains an illustration.
3 :1extra, additional
  • Some other guests are coming.
4 :different or separate from those already mentioned
  • Some people believe it and other people don't.

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other

noun

Definition of other for Students

:a remaining or different one
  • Lift one foot and then the other.
  • The others will follow us later.

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other

pronoun

Definition of other for Students

:another thing
  • There's always something or other going on.


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