other

adjective
oth·​er | \ ˈə-t͟hər How to pronounce other (audio) \

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 How to pronounce othering (audio) , 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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One of which has to do with the relative rarity, and the other of which deals with the actual conditions the life might be under. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "A Rover Finds Life in Mars-Like Barrenness in South America," 28 Feb. 2019 Two sets of twins, really, separated at birth and raised in completely different circumstances (two of them are country gals, the other are city gals, naturally) and who convene in New York City for a really weird weekend. Marie Claire, "The 17 Best Movies on HBO Go to Watch Right Now," 28 Feb. 2019 In other words, relationships are a constant work in progress. Kimberly Dawn Neumann, Woman's Day, "How to Rekindle a Marriage, According to Experts," 27 Feb. 2019 The other is to reduce public exposure to bisphenol A, or BPA, a chemical used to coat receipts. Steve Milloy, WSJ, "Bad Science May Banish Paper Receipts," 25 Feb. 2019 Top players like Davis, who will likely get his trade request fulfilled this summer are going to be well compensated one way or the other. Tim Reynolds, The Seattle Times, "Kareem: Players like Anthony Davis have value and hold power," 20 Feb. 2019 Shutterstock While other cities were painted blue for religious or practical reasons, Juzcar, Spain, went all-blue in the summer of 2011 as a promotional campaign for the Smurfs movie. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 25 most colorful cities in the world," 19 Feb. 2019 In other words, certain things have to be true, or have to be believed, in order to sustain that worldview. Sean Illing, Vox, "How the media should respond to Trump’s lies: State of the Union edition," 5 Feb. 2019 The Blankini is divided down the middle, so one person can easily pull down their side without bothering the other. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "This Two-Person Blanket Allows You to Flip It Down Without Waking Your Partner," 11 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For others, surgery might be necessary to correct issues like pelvic floor organ prolapse. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "What to Know About Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Your Pelvic Floor," 10 May 2019 Common speaking candidly about his experience provides visibility and support for others like him who might be nervous or afraid to speak out. Teen Vogue, "Rapper Common Opens Up About Being Molested as a Child," 8 May 2019 As for others in the Windsor machine: Never get in a car when Great-Grandpa Philip is behind the wheel. Elizabeth Holmes, Town & Country, "An Open Letter to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's New Royal Baby," 7 May 2019 Ann Lowe, the woman who made Jacqueline Kennedy’s wedding dress, carved a path for herself, becoming the first Black designer to open a boutique on Madison Avenue, and paved the way for many others. Amira Rasool, Glamour, "What It Means to Be a Black Fashion Designer," 1 May 2019 Most low-lying river towns are protected by earthen levees, which keep water out but also send more water downstream, making flooding worse for others. ... Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "Midwest City’s Downtown Is Underwater After Unusual Flood-Prevention Plan Failed," 1 May 2019 This usually includes foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, low-fat milk, and whole grains, among others. Jessica Booth, Redbook, "Everything You Need To Know About Food Deserts," 29 Apr. 2019 Embassy staff complained of him skateboarding at night, playing loud music and walking around in his underwear with no apparent concern for others in the tiny embassy. Gonzalo Solano, The Seattle Times, "Exasperated Ecuador ends asylum for world’s worst houseguest," 13 Apr. 2019 Each Slack group has their own culture and workflow—this will be right for some, and not for others. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Slack now integrates with Office 365, pushing Office docs and email reminders into your chat," 9 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Amazon made the news of the pullout public on Thursday, leaving Mr. Cuomo and the deal’s other biggest supporter, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, stunned and chagrined. Katie Honan, WSJ, "Amazon’s New York Project Foundered on Labor Organizing, Opposition to Subsidies," 16 Feb. 2019 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

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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, Noun, Pronoun, sometimes plural in construction, and Adverb

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

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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

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

pronoun

English Language Learners Definition of other (Entry 2 of 2)

: a different or additional person or thing
: different or additional people or things
: the person or thing that remains or that has not been shown or mentioned yet

other

adjective
oth·​er | \ ˈə-t͟hər How to pronounce other (audio) \

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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