Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “else”

else

adverb     /els/
IN ADDITION A2 in addition to someone or something: Would you like anything else to eat? What else did he say?Also, extra, and in addition
DIFFERENT 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.Different and difference
OTHER A2 other things or people: I forgot my toothbrush, but I remembered everything else.Also, extra, and in addition
or else used to compare two different things or situations: He talks to her all the time, or else he completely ignores her.Comparing and contrasting 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.Dangers and threatsThreats and warnings
if all else fails if no other plan is successful: If all else fails, you're welcome to stay at our house.Failing and doing badly
(Definition of else adverb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

More Learner's Dictionary definitions for “else”

Definitions of “else” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

work out

to exercise in order to improve the strength or appearance of your body

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More