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Definition of "else" []

  • Other; different: Ask somebody else. (adjective)
  • Additional; more: Would you like anything else? (adjective)
  • In a different or additional time, place, or manner: I always do it this way and I don't know how else it could be done. Where else do you want to go besides Miami? (adverb)
  • If not; otherwise: Be careful, or else you will make a mess. (adverb)
  • Or else Regardless of any extenuating circumstances: Be there on time or else! (idiom)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "else" in a sentence
  • "We had to go pick up papers, fill out papers, sign papers, drop off papers, stand in lines, walk here, walk there, wait somewhere else, pay for something else…"
  • "And Mr. Harvey, who thought something else, thought _something else_."
  • "Your brothers may have their own business to mind, Mr. Kenyon is at New York, we will suppose; here am I-- what else, _what else_ makes me count my cleverness to you, as I know I have done more than once, by word and letter, but the real wish to be set at work?"