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Language: Old English
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other

determiner, adjective, pronoun
     
oth‧er S1 W1
1

the second of two

used to refer to the second of two people or things, which is not the one you already have or the one you have already mentioned
the/your other
I can't find my other shoe.
One man was arrested, but the other one got away.
He kept shifting awkwardly from one foot to the other.
She took it for granted that each knew who the other was.
2

the rest

used to refer to all the people or things in a group apart from the one you have already mentioned or the one that is already known about
the/your other
The other hotels are all full.
She's much brighter than all the other children in her class.
I chose this coat in the end because the other ones were all too expensive.
the/your others
I can see Julie, but where have all the others gone?
3

additional

used to refer to additional people or things of the same kind:
There are one or two other problems I'd like to discuss.
I've got some other friends I'd like to invite.
Have you any other questions?
among others (=used when mentioning one or more examples)
The guests included, among others, Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Jackson.
4

different

used to refer to a different person or thing from the one you have already mentioned or the one that is already known about:
David and Jessica were playing with two other children.
You'd better change into some other clothes.
Do you envy other women who seem to manage their lives better?
Can we discuss this some other time?
There is no other job I would rather do.
Saudi Arabia produces more oil than any other country.
I hope you will learn to show more respect for others (=other people).
some ... others
Some people are at greater risk than others.
5

opposite

used to refer to the thing that is opposite you, furthest from you, or moving away from you
the other side/end/direction etc
You can park on the other side of the street.
He lives at the other end of the road.
She drove off in the other direction.
6

other than

apart from a particular person or thing [= except]:
The truth was known to no one other than herself.
He doesn't eat pork, but other than that he'll eat just about anything.
7

none other than somebody

used to emphasize that the person involved in something is famous, impressive, or surprising:
Johnson's defence lawyer was none other than Joe Beltrami.
8

the other way around/round

the opposite of what you have just mentioned:
I always thought that rugby was a rougher game than football, but in fact it's the other way round.
Students practise translating from French to English and the other way around.
9

the other day/morning/week etc

used to say that something happened recently, without saying exactly when:
I saw Rufus the other day.
10

something/someone/somewhere etc or other

used when you are not being specific about which thing, person, place etc you mean:
It'll be here somewhere or other.
We'll get the money somehow or other.
11

in other words

used when you are expressing an idea or opinion again in a different and usually simpler way:
The tax only affects people on incomes of over $200,000 - in other words, the very rich.
So he is a fraud, a common thief in other words.
12

the other woman

used to refer to a woman with whom a man is having a sexual relationship, even though he already has a wife or partner:
He left his wife and child and moved in with the other woman.
! When other is used before a noun, it never has an 's': We visited other places (NOT others places). another each other

➔ every other

at every (5)

➔ on the one hand ... on the other hand

at hand1 (5)

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