Else meaning

ĕls
Different; other.

Somebody else.

adjective
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In addition; more.

Is there anything else?

adjective
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Additional; more.

Would you like anything else?

adjective
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The definition of else is a different person or thing, or something more.

An example of else is running into someone other than who you were expecting to see; someone else.

An example of else is asking what more can be added at the end of something said; what else.

adjective
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Otherwise; if not.

Study, else you will fail.

adverb
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Else is defined as in a different way, place or time.

An example of else is blowing up a balloon with a different gas; what else can I use?

adverb
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In a different or additional time, place, or manner; differently.

Where else can I go?

adverb
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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
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Other; in addition to previously mentioned items.

Can anyone else (=any other person) help me?

What else (=what other thing) is there?

adjective
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How else (=in what other way) can it be done?

I'm busy Friday; when else (=what other time) works for you?

adverb
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For otherwise; or else.

Then the Wronskian of f and g must be nonzero, else they could not be linearly independent.

conjunction
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(computing, in many programming languages and pseudocode) But if the condition of the previous if clause is false, do the following.

If (edits.Count == 0) { NoEditsLabel.Visible = true; }

Else { EditHistory.Show(edits); }

conjunction
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Other; different.

Ask somebody else.

adjective
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or else
  • Used to indicate an alternative:
    We need to eat the leftovers or else buy more food.
  • Used to indicate negative consequences that will result if an action is not followed:
    We need to pay the bill, or else the electricity will be shut off.
  • Used after a command or demand to make a threat:
    Be there on time, or else!.
idiom
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or else
  • otherwise; if not
    Study, or else you will fail.
  • or face undesirable consequences
    Obey the law, or else!.
idiom
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of else

  • Middle English elles from Old English al-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Old English elles (“other, otherwise, different”), from Proto-Germanic *aljas (“of another, of something else”), genitive of *aljaz (“other”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂elios, *al- (“other”, pronoun). Cognate with Old Frisian elles (“other”), Old High German elles, ellies (“other”), Danish eller (“or”), Danish ellers (“otherwise”), Swedish eljes, eljest (“or else, otherwise”), Norwegian elles (“else, otherwise”), Gothic (aljis, “other”), Latin alius (“other, another”), Ancient Greek ἄλλος (állos), αἶλος (ailos) (Arcadocypriot), (Modern Greek αλλιώς (alliós, “otherwise, else”)).

    From Wiktionary