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Definition of else adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    else

     adverb
    adverb
    BrE BrE//els//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//els//
     
    (used in questions or after nothing, nobody, something, anything, etc.)
     
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  1. 1  in addition to something already mentioned What else did he say? I don't want anything else, thanks. I'm taking a few clothes and some books, not much else.
  2. 2  different Ask somebody else to help you. Haven't you got anything else to wear? Why didn't you come? Everybody else was there. Yes I did give it to her. What else could I do?
  3. Word Origin Old English elles, of Germanic origin; related to Middle Dutch els and Swedish eljest.Idioms
    1. 1  if not synonym otherwise Hurry up or else you'll be late. They can't be coming or else they'd have called.
    2. 2  used to introduce the second of two possibilities He either forgot or else decided not to come.
    3. 3(informal) used to threaten or warn somebody Just shut up, or else!
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: else