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Meaning of “otherwise” in the English Dictionary

"otherwise" in British English

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otherwiseconjunction

uk   /ˈʌð.ə.waɪz/  us   /-ɚ-/
B1 used after an ​order or ​suggestion to show what the ​result will be if you do not ​follow that ​order or ​suggestion: I'd ​better write it down, otherwise I'll ​forget it. Call ​home, otherwise ​yourparents will ​start to ​worry.

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otherwiseadverb

uk   /ˈʌð.ə.waɪz/  us   /-ɚ-/
  • otherwise adverb (DIFFERENTLY)

differently, or in another way: The ​policebelieve he is the ​thief, but all the ​evidencesuggests otherwise (= that he is not). Under the Bill of Rights, a ​person is ​presumedinnocent until ​proved otherwise (= ​guilty). Protestors were ​executed, ​jailed or otherwise ​persecuted. Marion Morrison, otherwise known as the ​filmstar John Wayne, was ​born in 1907.formal I can't ​meet you on ​Tuesday - I'm otherwise engaged/​occupied (= doing something ​else).

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otherwiseadjective [after verb]

uk   /ˈʌð.ə.waɪz/  us   /-ɚ-/ formal
(Definition of otherwise from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"otherwise" in American English

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otherwiseadverb [not gradable]

 us   /ˈʌð·ərˌwɑɪz/
differently, or in another way: Samuel Clemens, otherwise ​known as Mark Twain Parts of the ​company will be ​sold or otherwise ​dismantled. Otherwise also ​means except for what was just referred to: I like ​workingoutside when it’s ​warm, but otherwise I ​stayindoors.

otherwiseconjunction

 us   /ˈʌð·ərˌwɑɪz/
if not; or ​else: Tell me if you ​want it, otherwise I’ll give it to Freya.
(Definition of otherwise from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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