Definition of else in English:



  • 1with indefinite pronoun or adverb In addition; besides.

    ‘anything else you need to know?’
    ‘what else is there to do?’
    ‘they will offer low prices but little else’
    • ‘Well what else can we do when a lot of good farming land continues to be covered up by houses.’
    • ‘He was at his desk at seven o'clock every morning, no matter where he was or what else was going on.’
    • ‘Never disliked him, but I felt he was as much the product of hype as anything else.’
    • ‘Surely the judge can order the confiscation of his money and anything else he possesses.’
    • ‘Nietzsche, whom I read more as a poet than as anything else, also had it in for the academy.’
    • ‘Does anyone know what else we can expect between now and the beginning of April?’
    • ‘I suppose that extra half hour was as much from audience reaction time as anything else.’
    • ‘They would like to speak to the owner of the car and anyone else who has suffered from similar crimes.’
    • ‘Still, if it wasn't for the weather what else would the British have to talk about.’
    • ‘The Church will have to regain its doctrinal health once again before anything else.’
    • ‘What else is he hoping for from a relationship other than the occasional letter?’
    • ‘Well, what else do you expect for the start and end of the working week, plus the days in-between?’
    • ‘Still, when he got out of the car he said if I needed anything else just to phone.’
    • ‘Although that probably has more to do with the way I interpret film than anything else.’
    • ‘At this time I had to go and sort out other stuff, so I didn't see if anything else went wrong.’
    • ‘Is there anything else we can do to tell people that their cars must be moved?’
    • ‘As they converse politely, a waiter glides up and asks if they'd like anything else.’
    • ‘It seems to me that there's really no point to anything else without that basic guarantee.’
    • ‘The effect, say health board chiefs, is that they have no money left for anything else.’
    • ‘As for the main entrance, it is fit for a municipal swimming pool, and little else.’
    • ‘If abortion is legalised, what else is acceptable using the same sort of arguments?’
    too, as well, besides, in addition, additionally, furthermore, further, moreover, into the bargain, on top, on top of that, over and above that, what's more, to boot, else, then, equally
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  • 2with indefinite pronoun or adverb Different; instead.

    ‘isn't there anyone else you could ask?’
    ‘they took songs owned by someone else and used them without permission’
    ‘they moved on to somewhere else’
    ‘it's fate, destiny, or whatever else you like to call it’
    • ‘He is in no different position from anyone else who obtains citizenship by false means.’
    • ‘He said she was the only person willing to care for him and he had no money to hire anyone else.’
    • ‘What else can he think to get him through hour after hour on the treadmill at the Murray Park gym every day?’
    • ‘If we're not genuinely trying to live out our faith, how are we different from anyone else?’
    • ‘In a few more weeks, if I'm not feeling better I'll go back and see what else it could be.’
    • ‘What a morale boost too, to find one hour of a lawyer's time equals one hour of anyone else's.’
    • ‘It is terrifying at first, but then it grows on you, this easy way of getting somewhere else.’
    • ‘That goes through your head but you never really picture yourself doing anything else.’
    • ‘That is a difficult choice when we humans are made to care for our young and anything else causes guilt.’
    • ‘Subsequently, we made the decision to move from the town and settle somewhere else.’
    • ‘Well they had somewhere else to go last Thursday, and they went there in their millions.’
    • ‘Control of the media permits the rulers to get out their version and suppress anything else.’
    • ‘It does all the spadework created by the dealing of shares, and very little else.’
    • ‘It's ugly and ancient but it's a phone and I cannot afford anything else at the moment.’
    • ‘We were planning to go somewhere else after this, it was just a convenient meeting point.’
    • ‘The field was huge, and devoid of anyone else other than occasional walkers at the edges.’
    • ‘I reserve the right to criticise the guy but fail to recognise anyone else's right to so do.’
    • ‘I could always tell when he arrived because he walked faster up the aisle than anyone else.’
    • ‘I have three years left on my contract and I don't see any reason to look for anything else.’
    • ‘The income ensured he always got the latest expensive trainers before anyone else.’
  • 3

    ‘keep your mouth shut, else you might contradict my story’
    short for or else


  • or else

    • 1Used to introduce the second of two alternatives.

      ‘he always had a cold or else was getting over an earache’
      • ‘Either that, or else it'll drive you batty in thirty seconds flat.’
      • ‘For on our paraphrase, if the second surface is flatter than the first, then either the second surface is flat while the first is not, or else the second is more nearly flat than the first, neither surface being flat.’
      • ‘You should be offered a suitable alternative job if it can't be made safe, or else be suspended on full pay.’
      • ‘She was almost emaciated-looking and her clothing looked as if it were either second-hand, or else really old.’
      • ‘So this makes it very difficult to combat, either through eradication or interdiction or else finding alternative livelihoods for Afghan farmers.’
      • ‘If you want an affordable copy, your best bet is either to trawl the second hand bins and hope you get lucky, or else wait until the hoopla about Wanda has died down.’
      • ‘Further, they contended, in the alternative, that the words were substantially true or else were fair comment on matters of fact.’
      • ‘Why is the second-rate part of a hero's corpus uncritically praised or else ignored to keep the hero's reputation unsullied.’
      • ‘Either the flush would come giving Harold the win, doubling his stack, and solidly ensconcing him in second place, or else he would be out of the tournament.’
      • ‘So, a second lasts either for no time at all or else for an infinite amount of time.’
      1. 1.1In circumstances different from those mentioned.
        ‘they can't want it, or else they'd request it’
        • ‘And I try to play them slightly different every night, or else I would collapse in the second verse of ‘You Know So Well’ of boredom.’
        • ‘I had heard tales of the need to immediately spend $15,000 to build your game once you were done developing it, or else no one would give it a second glance.’
        • ‘It was a good thing she never mentioned about it, or else I would have been really hurt.’
        • ‘I was thankful that I had grabbed my backpack before I left for breakfast - or else we would be completely broke… not to mention unarmed.’
        • ‘A small argument spread thin: men and women cannot be that different, or else women would not be saved.’
        • ‘Everything they mentioned in the conversation had to have had some sort of impact on them or else they wouldn't have mentioned it.’
        • ‘Lucky for him, indeed, that they were specially tinted to look dark from the outside, but in fact made no difference to his vision, or else he'd have trouble seeing where he was going.’
        • ‘He had been lucky that the branch missed his eyes, or else a very different scenario would be happening right now, Trip thought as Lee continued to fuss over him.’
        • ‘‘Most work makes a difference in someone's life in some way, or else the job wouldn't exist,’ Grant says.’
        or else, or, if not
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      2. 1.2Used as a warning or threat.
        ‘you go along with this or else you're going to jail’
        ‘she'd better shape up, or else’
        • ‘A man's got to have a beer once in a while or else he'd go nuts without warning.’
        • ‘‘You better let her in - or else you'll be in deep trouble,’ they threatened.’
        • ‘They continued to shout at us ‘get back to your country, or else we will be back.’’
        • ‘You all had better hurry up or else the food'll be cold.’
        • ‘I couldn't afford to be back a second late or else, Margaret would suspect where I was.’
        • ‘Due to China's one-child rule, they cannot keep this second child or else they will suffer severe financial and political penalties.’
        • ‘‘Do not mention this secret spot to anybody, or else I will have to kill you,’ Parker snapped.’
        • ‘He and I had the same class and to make my escape fast, I needed to bring him along or else I would seem even more suspicious.’
        • ‘She couldn't stop, not for a second, or else they would get her.’
        • ‘He demands that the UN back their decisions on Iraq with the threat of force, or else the US will overrule the UN charter and attack anyway.’


Old English elles, of Germanic origin; related to Middle Dutch els and Swedish eljest.