Meaning of “else” - Learner’s Dictionary


adverb us uk /els/

A2 in addition to someone or something:

Would you like anything else to eat?
What else did he say?

More examples

  • If there's anything else you need to know, just give me a call.
  • Have you discussed this matter with anyone else?
  • There isn't much else I can say.
  • We had nowhere else to go.
  • How else could I have done it?

A2 different from someone or something:

I don't like it here. Let's go somewhere else.
I didn't say that. It must have been someone else.

A2 other things or people:

I forgot my toothbrush, but I remembered everything else.
or else

used to compare two different things or situations:

He talks to her all the time, or else he completely ignores her.

B2 used to say what will happen if another thing does not happen:

We must be there by six, or else we'll miss the beginning.
if all else fails

if no other plan is successful:

If all else fails, you're welcome to stay at our house.

(Definition of “else” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)