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Definition of "either" []

  • The one or the other: Which movie do you want to see? Either will be fine. (pronoun)
  • Used before the first of two or more coordinates or clauses linked by or: Either we go now or we remain here forever. (conjunction)
  • Any one of two; one or the other: Wear either coat. (adjective)
  • One and the other; each: rings on either hand. (adjective)
  • Likewise; also. Used as an intensive following negative statements: If you don't order a dessert, I won't either. (adverb)

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 "either" in a sentence
  • "In either case the owner will really pay annually only upon the land value, not upon the growth; the only difference being that under the proposed system he would not be asked to, while under the present system _either there will be no growth to tax, or, if there is, he cannot afford to pay and the land will revert_."
  • "Only cards in the highest or lowest rows are available, until a card from any other row is released, by the removal of cards either above or below it, the principle being that no card can be used that is not free _either_ from the top or the bottom."
  • "-- "He is either the most distressed man, or the best actor, I ever saw in my life," replied the comedian: "and, as _either one or the other, he has a brotherly claim upon me_.""