Meaning of “or” - Learner’s Dictionary


conjunction uk us strong /ɔːr/ weak /ər/

A1 used between possibilities, or before the last in a list of possibilities:

Would you like toast or cereal?
Is that a boy or a girl?
You can have beer, wine, or mineral water.
The house will take two or three years to complete.

B2 used to change or correct something you have said:

We told the truth, or most of it.

used to give a reason for something you have said:

She must love him or she wouldn't have stayed with him all these years.

A2 used after a negative verb between a list of things to mean not any of those things or people:

Tim doesn't eat meat or fish.
She doesn't have a telephone or a fax machine.

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