Meaning of “else” in the English Dictionary

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"else" in British English

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elseadverb

uk /els/ 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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(Definition of “else” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"else" in American English

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(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 additional person) 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)