other

adjective
oth·er | \ ˈə-t͟hər \

Definition of other 

(Entry 1 of 5)

1a : 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

4a : recently past the other evening

b : former in other times

5 : disturbingly or threateningly different : alien, exotic

other

noun

Definition of other (Entry 2 of 5)

1a : 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

3a : 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)

Definition of other (Entry 3 of 5)

1 obsolete

a : one of two that remains

b : each preceding one

2 : a different or additional one something or other

other

adverb

Definition of other (Entry 4 of 5)

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

other

verb
othered; othering

Definition of other (Entry 5 of 5)

transitive verb

: 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

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Other words from other

Verb

othering \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

Is other a verb?

Like many English words, other possesses great flexibility in meaning and function. Over the past few centuries, it has served as an adjective, an adverb, a noun, and a pronoun. In recent decades, other has increased its part-of-speech portfolio to include verb use, having acquired the meaning "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).” Some people find it disconcerting when a word takes on a new part of speech, a process known as functional shift. The phenomenon is quite common, however -- our language contains many thousands of words which have been formed in this fashion.

Examples of other in a Sentence

Adjective

These and other issues will be discussed at the next meeting. The driver's wife and two other passengers were injured in the accident. Leaders from China, Russia, and 14 other countries attended the conference.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The other two countries to land spacecraft on the moon are the Soviet Union in September 1959 and China in December 2013. Alex Stuckey, Houston Chronicle, "NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine wants to boost collaboration with Israel," 13 July 2018 Both the director and assistant director quit on the first day (which is why Loeb and Allyn are now directing), as did the costumer, location manager, and several other crew members. Anna Silman, The Cut, "The Pro-Life ‘Roe v. Wade’ Movie Sounds Like a Total Disaster," 13 July 2018 The other is a geometric design in the kitchen, made from 41,000 pieces. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Former Corktown bachelor pad is now a loft fit for the whole family," 14 July 2018 While 17-time major winner Rafael Nadal and 12-time major winner Novak Djokovic renew their rivalry for the 52nd time in one semifinal Friday, Kevin Anderson and John Isner meet in the other. Editors, USA TODAY, "Trump visits Queen Elizabeth II, Wimbledon semifinals, Supermoon Solar Eclipse: 5 things to know Friday," 13 July 2018 One is a 12,000-square-foot commercial center and the other will have 50,000 square feet and be a mix of commercial and industrial tenants, one of whom will be Trident. Erin Sauder, Elgin Courier-News, "East Dundee to get another gun range," 13 July 2018 But soon after, authorities say Carter — with a pot of hot grease in one hand and bleach and a butcher knife in the other — hunted down Henderson. Raisa Habersham, ajc, "DeKalb woman convicted of throwing hot grease in victim’s face," 13 July 2018 The other was aimed at sharing the city’s history and went up on the north wall of La Opera, also on Genesee. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Artist behind Ray Bradbury mural in Waukegan hopes his work will inspire kids who don't have access to art," 13 July 2018 Barely two years later, Schneider found himself in another meeting with Mitchell and other leaders, who offered him the board chairmanship. Allan Vought, The Aegis, "A visionary volunteer steps away from leading Harford's hospitals," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In 2005, Deutsche Bank and others loaned the future president $640 million to build the Trump International Hotel and Tower, which is now the second-tallest building in Chicago. Salvador Rizzo, chicagotribune.com, "There is an unfounded conspiracy theory about the Supreme Court and Trump Tower Chicago," 14 July 2018 Experts don’t know why this affects some people and not others and have found that simply continuing with antibiotic treatment can do more harm to a person’s system than good, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Kate Sheridan, SELF, "Here’s Exactly What to Do if a Tick Bites You," 14 July 2018 For example, Casanova and others have found more than a dozen mutations that disrupt the body's ability to battle non-TB mycobacteria, and all of them mess with interferon gamma—a key immune system activator. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "Extreme Flu? Weird Encephalitis? It May Be Your Genes," 13 July 2018 The other is that those innovative companies must be led by people intimately familiar with what is happening on the frontlines of care: doctors, nurses, and others who directly care for patients. Alexi Nazem, STAT, "Health care needs more physician CEOs like Atul Gawande," 13 July 2018 News of Mosley’s behavior sparked a wave of criticism from public officials and others. Scott Berson, sacbee, "Lawmaker caught driving 97 mph told deputy he had ‘immunity.’ Was he right?," 13 July 2018 Hopefully, the photo shoot provides more representation and inspiration for others looking to rock a protective style for the summer, too. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Model Salem Mitchell Is Sick of Black Women's Hairstyles Being Labeled "Ghetto"," 13 July 2018 Since then the block has grown into a tight community of shops, restaurants and bars that includes Krust, Stubborn Beauty Brewing Co., Tesoro gifts and others. Shawn R. Beals, Courant Community, "After 24 Years, The Owners Of Eli Cannon's Are Selling The Bar To Longtime Employees," 13 July 2018 Due to the long waits, mothers were taking turns nursing their children nearby while others held their spot in line, Jacqueline Alvarez, of Aurora, said Friday. Megan Jones, Aurora Beacon-News, "Moms protest after security guard confronted mother who was breastfeeding at Fox Valley Mall," 15 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Morning Star Productions has other shows planned in Milwaukee. Henry J. Morgan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Colgate 'Underground Railroad' production is part play, part escape room, part golf course," 6 July 2018 However, other less prominent animal-welfare groups remain staunchly opposed. Ryan Sabalow, sacbee, "To protect salmon in the Columbia, will we have to kill more sea lions?," 6 July 2018 There are good reasons to avoid prescribing opioid medications as a first-line treatment for chronic pain, as research has shown that for some common conditions other less potent alternatives are as effective and have fewer side effects. Brie Zeltner, cleveland.com, "Suffering and abandoned: Chronic pain patients cut off in the opioid era," 22 Apr. 2018 Some clacked away on the keyboards of their laptops, other scribbled notes on legal pads as many of the world’s top basketball prospects ran up and down the court in front of them. Malika Andrews, chicagotribune.com, "NBA teams value draft combine interactions even though some top players are no-shows," 18 May 2018 But some residents in the area worry if the Kensington School closes, other more disruptive businesses that would fit the office zoning may replace it. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, "Day care center on former Amlings site may include flood relief for area," 18 Apr. 2018 Twitter user @blinkcabellos pointed out that Lorde must have been going through the thread from @tofakeit which highlights may other amazing pop culture shenanigans from over the years. Kristin Corpuz, Teen Vogue, "Lorde Retweets Miley Cyrus’s 2009 Video Rapping About Quitting Twitter," 13 Mar. 2018 To have our efforts honored by the WGA and the academy and others is a wonderful recognition for an innovative genre that, like other more popular forms, has often been overlooked. James Mangold, latimes.com, "'Logan' director James Mangold on writing a superhero film without the trappings of the genre," 20 Feb. 2018 Besides, there were other more pressing investigations. Lawrence Wright, Time, "The True History Behind The Looming Tower: How the Story Began," 28 Feb. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'other.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of other

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Pronoun, sometimes plural in construction

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adverb

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1985, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for other

Adjective

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

Noun

see other entry 1

Pronoun, sometimes plural in construction

see other entry 1

Adverb

see other entry 1

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

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other

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of other

—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

adjective
oth·er | \ ˈə-t͟hər \

Kids Definition of other

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : being the one (as of two or more) left I broke my other arm.

2 : second entry 1 sense 1 Every other page contains an illustration.

3 : extra entry 1, additional Some other guests are coming.

4 : different or separate from those already mentioned Some people believe it and other people don't.

other

noun

Kids Definition of other (Entry 2 of 3)

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

other

pronoun

Kids Definition of other (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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