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)

1 : a different or additional one the others came later
2a : 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
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)

other

pronoun, sometimes plural in construction

Definition of other (Entry 3 of 5)

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

other

adverb

Definition of other (Entry 4 of 5)

: otherwise used with thanwas 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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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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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 While many were shopping to prepare to be inside for several weeks, others were out on their normal shopping trip. Ricardo Torres, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'We don't have a choice': Shoppers prepare to be at home for weeks," 14 Mar. 2020 Also, avoid touching your face and avoid close contact with people who are sick; distance yourself from others if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Elon Musk Downplays COVID-19 Danger in Email to Space-X Employees," 14 Mar. 2020 Similarly, some viruses have an outer wrapping, which is called an envelope, while others are non-enveloped. Jeffrey Gardner, The Conversation, "Vodka won’t protect you from coronavirus, and 4 other things to know about hand sanitizer," 13 Mar. 2020 Of the three people who died, one was associated with the Diamond Princess cruise ship that had been quarantined in Japan, and the two others were residents of a senior care facility. NBC News, "Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson test positive for coronavirus," 12 Mar. 2020 Many donors are downsizing; others are on a Marie Kondo-like purge. Nancy Shohet West, BostonGlobe.com, "Welcome Home finds new homes for household donations," 12 Mar. 2020 As women began entering medical schools in larger numbers during the 1970s, some specialties were welcoming to women, others weren’t. Sarah Temkin, STAT, "When surgery becomes ‘women’s work’: the devaluation of gynecologic specialties," 12 Mar. 2020 The others are Missouri, Mississippi, Washington state, Idaho and North Dakota. Fox News, "Trump not tested for coronavirus, new chief of staff to self-quarantine; Michigan key in 'Super Tuesday 2.0'," 10 Mar. 2020 The others are Joel Bitonio, a second-round pick in 2014, and longsnapper Charley Hughlett, signed as a free agent in 2014. cleveland, "Browns release veteran linebacker Christian Kirksey after trying to restructure his deal," 10 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Thankfully, other more tasteful colors are available. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "2020 Aston Martin DB11 AMR Answers to a Higher Power," 20 May 2020 That economic frailty has damaged other important sources of investor income as well. Jeff Sommer, New York Times, "Dealing With the Dark Side of Low Interest Rates," 15 May 2020 Cases of people in both categories should be reported as likely Covid-19 only if there is no other more plausible diagnosis, the recommendations say. Pam Belluck, New York Times, "its list of possible symptoms of the coronavirus,," 27 Apr. 2020 With the civil rights era, other more egregious wrongs in the American electoral system were gradually rectified, and so even more attention focused on the census itself. Anna Diamond, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Enumerated Story of the Census," 13 Apr. 2020 Also, if that camera isn’t your cup of tea, there are several other more expensive, fancier Instax camera options as well as less expensive options you can get used, or factory renewed, for much cheaper. oregonlive, "6 gadgets, video games, TV streaming services to help combat social distancing boredom amid coronavirus outbreak," 20 Mar. 2020 Beyond other more established Counter Strike events, the new league will also have to bang it out with another esports league that features a realistic, first-person shooter video game. Noah Smith, Washington Post, "Can new Counter-Strike league be esports’ WWE?," 7 Feb. 2020 In addition to Zwickelmania, the collaboration and the showcase, other more prominent events include: KLCC Brewfest, Feb. 7-8 in Eugene The showcase starting Friday will be held daily from 2 p.m. to closing at Function PDX, 919 N.W. 23rd Ave. oregonlive, "It’s Oregon Craft Beer Month; Function PDX pop-up gets celebration started," 31 Jan. 2020 When compared to the state’s other nine largest districts, MPS total spending is the second-highest. Rob Henken, Anne Chapman And Jason Stein, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "MPS is proposing to raise taxes to fund educational programs. Here's what to know before you vote April 7.," 16 Jan. 2020

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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 2a

Pronoun, sometimes plural in construction

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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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Cite this Entry

“Other.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/other. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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other

adjective
How to pronounce other (audio)

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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