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 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

Other Words from other

Verb

othering \ ˈət͟h-​riŋ How to pronounce other (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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Enjoy raw bar, whole Maine lobster, crab boil and a boatload of other seafood specials, plus live music, beer and more. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 8 Aug. 2022 Such levels are far higher than those seen with other respiratory viruses, especially in the summer. Andrew Joseph, STAT, 7 Aug. 2022 Two other teens were hurt in the incident, Maureen Kocot with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office told CNN. Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, 7 Aug. 2022 Biden's initial symptoms included a slight fever, cough and sore throat, among other mild symptoms. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 7 Aug. 2022 All two-wheeled adventures require safety essentials like hydration, a tool kit, protective eyewear, gloves and a helmet, plus comfortable cycling clothing and other items that may be hard to find at your destination. Stephanie Pearson, Chicago Tribune, 7 Aug. 2022 While the answer to the specific question was that in this climate zone there is no real gain or advantage one way or the other, another reader reached out with an extremely important point. Mark Philben, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Aug. 2022 The more extreme one is, the more extreme the other becomes. Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, 7 Aug. 2022 Physicians and other medical professionals could lose their licenses and face administrative fines of $10,000 for each violation. Curt Anderson, ajc, 7 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And for following the well-trodden path of privileged white males documenting and representing the exotic other. Liani Maasdorp, Quartz, 3 May 2021 The president only did what so many previous European and American leaders have done, draping themselves in the mantle of culture to inveigh against an amorphous other. Kanishk Tharoor, The New Republic, 22 Feb. 2021 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, 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, 14 Mar. 2020 Similarly, some viruses have an outer wrapping, which is called an envelope, while others are non-enveloped. Jeffrey Gardner, The Conversation, 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, 12 Mar. 2020 Many donors are downsizing; others are on a Marie Kondo-like purge. Nancy Shohet West, BostonGlobe.com, 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, 12 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Indeed there had been other more obvious candidates for the job. Nicole Gull Mcelroy, Fortune, 16 June 2022 Vasquez has his own namesake park, the spectacular Vasquez Rocks, his onetime hideout — hundreds of acres with fabled, other-worldly sandstone formations in Agua Dulce. Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2022 Thankfully, other more tasteful colors are available. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, 20 May 2020 That economic frailty has damaged other important sources of investor income as well. Jeff Sommer, New York Times, 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, 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, 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, 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, 7 Feb. 2020 See More

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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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Last Updated

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“Other.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/other. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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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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