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

These costs include damage to the brand’s reputation, legal and other regulatory expenses. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "Splitting CEO, Chairman Roles Expected to Improve Renault’s Governance," 21 Nov. 2018 For black women, flattery is simply not enough of a reason to permit white and other non-black people to repurpose, misrepresent, and profit from our culture. Amira Rasool, Teen Vogue, "Some White Influencers Are Being Accused of "Blackfishing," or Using Makeup to Appear Black," 16 Nov. 2018 Flexibility for one layer, but immobility for every other, is still mistakenly perceived and marketed as flexibility for all. Kate Wagner, Curbed, "Building houses that grow with us," 14 Nov. 2018 Leave the rest of your look neutral, and feel free to skip on any other eye makeup altogether. Zoë Weiner, Allure, "Kendall Jenner Wore Green Negative-Space Eye Makeup to the People’s Choice Awards," 13 Nov. 2018 Playing music and other audio content is far and away the most successful current use case for voice assistants. Rani Molla, Recode, "Voice tech like Alexa and Siri hasn’t found its true calling yet: Inside the voice assistant ‘revolution’," 12 Nov. 2018 And natural resources agencies in other states have similar structures. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin warden shortage and changes in responsibilities raise concerns," 14 July 2018 One donor gave five properties, including a main home, farm, and additional residences in other states. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "These donors love their alma maters so much they gave them the roofs over their heads," 13 July 2018 Lawmakers and regulators in other states have taken a more cautious approach. Chris Kirkham, WSJ, "States Weigh Bets on Mobile Sports Gambling," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Getty Images Ten US states, plus Washington, DC, have now legalized recreational marijuana, and initiatives are under consideration in several others. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "Could legalizing weed help improve US transportation?," 7 Dec. 2018 There were others that were mysteries, strange things that had happened that to a 19th-century physician were completely inexplicable. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "A history of body horrors from distended scrotums to exploding teeth," 6 Dec. 2018 Where the service was previously limited to a handful of handsets designed for Fi—namely Pixels, the Moto G6, and a couple LG ThinQ phones—the new service expands availability to phones made by Samsung, Huawei, Nokia, Essential, Apple, and others. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Google Fi wireless service now works with iPhones and most Android phones, but there’s a catch," 28 Nov. 2018 On Saturday, October 27, a gunman entered the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA, killing 11 people and wounding six others. Temi Adebowale, Town & Country, "How To Help Victims of the Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting," 29 Oct. 2018 One of the women, 35-year-old Sergeant First Class Celeste Holley, stood rigidly behind the others. Jim Rendon, Marie Claire, "When Female Veterans Return Home," 29 Oct. 2018 Though 53 percent are hard-set on starting fresh sans holiday decor before January 1st, others aren't quite as pressed to end the holidays so soon. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Poll: How Early Is Too Early To Start Your Holiday Decorating?," 29 Oct. 2018 Some migrants asked for money, others passing a bakery were handed bread. Fox News, "Honduran migrant caravan crosses Guatemala border, US-bound," 15 Oct. 2018 Photo: fayez nureldine/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images They were detained in the first wave of arrests against rights advocates in May along with male activists Mohammed al-Rabea and Ibrahim al-Modaimeegh, among others. Summer Said, WSJ, "Saudi Arabia Accused of Torturing Women’s-Rights Activists in Widening Crackdown on Dissent," 20 Nov. 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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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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