Definition of other adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    adjective, pronoun
    BrE BrE//ˈʌðə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʌðər//
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  1. 1  used to refer to people or things that are additional or different to people or things that have been mentioned or are known about Mr Harris and Mrs Bate and three other teachers were there. Are there any other questions? I can't see you now—some other time, maybe. Two buildings were destroyed and many others damaged in the blast. This option is preferable to any other. Some designs are better than others. compare another
  2. 2  the, my, your, etc. other used to refer to the second of two people or things My other sister is a doctor. One son went to live in Australia and the other one was killed in a car crash. He raised one arm and then the other. You must ask one or other of your parents.
  3. 3  the, my, your, etc. other used to refer to the remaining people or things in a group I'll wear my other shoes—these are dirty. ‘I like this one.’ ‘What about the other ones?’ I went swimming while the others played tennis.
  4. 4  the other… used to refer to a place, direction, etc. that is the opposite to where you are, are going, etc. I work on the other side of town. He crashed into a car coming the other way. He found me, not the other way round/around.
  5. Word OriginOld English ōther, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German ander, from an Indo-European root meaning ‘different’.Idioms Most idioms containing other are at the entries for the nouns and verbs in the idioms, for example in other words is at word. 
    the other day/morning/evening/week
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     recently I saw Jack the other day.
      other than (usually used in negative sentences)
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    1. 1  except I don't know any French people other than you. We're going away in June but other than that I'll be here all summer.
    2. 2(formal) different or in a different way from; not I have never known him to behave other than selfishly.
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