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"otherwise" in British English

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otherwiseconjunction

uk   /ˈʌð.ə.waɪz/  us   /ˈʌð.ɚ.waɪz/
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 your parents will start to worry.

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otherwiseadverb

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

differently, or in another way: The police believe he is the thief, but all the evidence suggests otherwise (= that he is not). Under the Bill of Rights, a person is presumed innocent until proved otherwise (= guilty). Protestors were executed, jailed or otherwise persecuted. Marion Morrison, otherwise known as the film star 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   /ˈʌð.ɚ.waɪz/ 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 working outside when it’s warm, but otherwise I stay indoors.

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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“otherwise” in American English

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