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 five finalists — Nakeya Brown, Sutton Demlong, Nate Larson, Eunice Park and Stephen Towns — received $2,500 each. Talia Richman, baltimoresun.com, "Erick Antonio Benitez named winner of 2018 Sondheim Artscape Prize," 15 July 2018 For other Russian cities, though, the World Cup was a transformative experience. Ivan Nechepurenko, New York Times, "Peeking Around Corners in the World Cup’s Provincial Cities," 14 July 2018 The other threats here are window blinds and their related parts. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Emergency Responders Share 9 of the Biggest Death Traps in Your Home," 14 July 2018 In addition to having a growing shade range, Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup is already known for not giving a grayish tint to darker skin tones like some other foundations can. Marci Robin, Allure, "Misty Copeland Helps Estée Lauder Announce the Shade Expansion of Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup," 14 July 2018 This summer, Cleveland joins the ranks of Venice, Miami, Berlin and other global cities known in the art world for their citywide art exhibitions with the introduction of FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian, "Works by Over 100 Contemporary Artists Take Over Cleveland," 14 July 2018 In the meantime the Bulls will be in the East, where a half-decent nucleus has a chance to do some things and make real progress without being smothered by teams full of All-NBA players every other night. Andrew Sharp, SI.com, "Kevin Knox, Wendell Carter Jr., and Midsummer Hope for the Knicks and Bulls," 13 July 2018 If left unhindered, MDSCs promote tumor growth by shutting down other immune cells that keep tumors in check. Esther Landhuis, Scientific American, "Could Brain Stimulation Slow Cancer?," 13 July 2018 Consequently, the belt didn’t slide down as the miles ticked past, as happened on other packs. Kelly Bastone, Outside Online, "The Best Women’s Backpacking Packs," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Ijaz Khattak, a political analyst in Peshawar, said the military has been too distracted by the Sharif family scandal, at the expense of public security for others. Shaiq Hussain And Antonio Olivo, chicagotribune.com, "Pakistanis urge military to boost security after hundreds die in attacks before election," 14 July 2018 There would be no such guarantee with the Bucks given the presence of Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton among others. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Jabari Parker nearing offer sheet deal with Chicago Bulls," 13 July 2018 What works for one sort of fast food can work for others. The Economist, "The rise of the robochef," 12 July 2018 His upcoming two concerts will include Brahms, Albeniz and Schubert, among others. Beth Wood, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego native Gustavo Romero returns to Athenaeum's Summer Festival for the 20th year," 12 July 2018 Among others, there was Doc Gooden, Doc Crandall and Doc Halladay. Clark Spencer, miamiherald, "This Marlins rookie could have become a doctor. Instead, he chose baseball. Here's why.," 12 July 2018 During the whirlwind six-month campaign to fill out the rest of Lee’s term, Breed held up her own accomplishments as a beacon for others — particularly young people — to follow. Dominic Fracassa, SFChronicle.com, "This time around, London Breed becomes SF mayor and gets to keep the job," 11 July 2018 The campaign enlisted many celebrities to fight for a strawless ocean, including Russell Wilson, Amanda Seyfried, Ellen Pompeo and Chelsea Clinton, among others. Madison Roberts, PEOPLE.com, "Why Starbucks And Other Companies Are Ditching Plastic Straws To Help Save the Environment," 11 July 2018 For others, the matter might involve much more than malaise. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Driving Without a Smartphone," 10 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

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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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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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