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Meaning of “else” in the English Dictionary

"else" in British English

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elseadverb

uk   us   /els/
A2 used after words ​beginning with any-, every-, no-, and some-, or after how, what, where, who, why, but not which, to ​mean 'other', 'another', 'different', '​extra': Everybody else has (= all the other ​people have)agreed except for you. If it doesn't ​work, ​try something else (= something different). Let's go before they ​ask us to ​visit anyone else (= another ​person). It's not my ​bag. It must be someone else's (= it must ​belong to another ​person). The ​book isn't here. Where else (= in what other ​place) should I ​look? He came to ​see you. Why else (= for what other ​reason) would he come? After I'd ​thanked them I didn't ​know what else (= what other things) to say.

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elseadverb [not gradable]

 us   /els/
(after words ​beginning with any-, every-, no-, and some-, or after how, what, where, who, and why, but not which) other, another, different, ​additional: If it doesn’t ​work, ​try something else (= something different/another way or thing). Let’s go before anyone else (= another/an ​additionalperson)arrives. The ​book isn’t here – where else (= In what other ​place) should I ​look?
(Definition of else from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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