oth|er [ `ʌðər ] function word ***
Other can be used in the following ways:
as a determiner (followed by a plural noun):
He doesn't like other people interfering. (after the or a possessive word and followed by a singular or plural noun):
the other side of the street
She invited all her other friends. The determiner another is used instead of an + other.
as a pronoun (after the ):
He swerved from one side of the road to the other.
Have you told the others? (in the plural without the ):
Some systems are better than others.
The plural form others without the is the plural of the pronoun another.
1. ) additional
a ) used for referring to additional people or things of the type already mentioned or known about:
In addition to Nicola, Mrs. Stanley has three other children.
The report will be of interest to teachers and others in the education field.
Apart from the victim's name and age, no other details were given.
b ) among others/other things/other people etc. used for saying that there are additional things or people that you could mention:
Among other things, Churchill was an accomplished writer and historian.
2. ) different used for referring to a different person or thing from the one already mentioned or known about:
I suggested a camping trip but Carey had other ideas.
some/any other: Not now. We'll talk about it some other time.
The Greeks spend more money on food than any other nation in Europe.
3. ) second of two used when there are two things or people for referring to the one that has not already been mentioned or is not already known about:
The other half of the money will be provided by the government.
She was looking around for her other shoe.
I held on to the rope with my other hand.
the other: He sat in front of the fire rubbing one bare foot against the other.
the other one: One of the twins was Reggie. What was the other one called?
4. ) the rest of a group used for referring to the rest of the people or things in a group:
the/my/your etc. other: We stayed until all the other guests had gone home.
Beethoven's Ninth is much longer than his other symphonies.
the others: One boy fell off his chair and the others laughed.
5. ) people in general used for referring to people in a general way when you are not including yourself as one of them:
I don't care what other people think.
We aim to develop in our students a sense of responsibility and a respect for others.
6. ) opposite
a ) the other side/end the side or end that is farthest from you or is opposite from where you are:
A taxi had stopped on the other side of the road.
Ashley sat at the other end of the sofa.
The voice at the other end of the phone sounded sleepy and confused.
b ) the other way/direction the opposite direction:
The truck swerved to avoid a car coming from the other direction.
I tried to attract her attention, but she was looking the other way.
c ) the other way around happening in the opposite way:
Most people expected the boys to do better than the girls, but in fact it was the other way around.
the other day/night etc.
two or three days/nights etc. ago:
I had a phone call from Mandy the other day.
other than
1. ) in addition to someone or something:
Are you taking any science courses other than chemistry?
2. ) except for someone or something:
I had no ambitions other than to have a happy life and be free.
someone/something/somewhere etc. or other
used when you are not saying exactly which person/thing/place etc. you mean:
He's always complaining about something or other.
We all make mistakes at some time or other.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • Other — Oth er, pron. & a. [AS. [=o][eth]er; akin to OS. [=a][eth]ar, [=o][eth]ar, D. & G. ander, OHG. andar, Icel. annarr, Sw. annan, Dan. anden, Goth. an[thorn]ar, Skr. antara: cf. L. alter; all orig. comparatives: cf. Skr. anya other. [root]180. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • other — [uth′ər] adj. [ME < OE, akin to Ger ander, Goth anthar < IE * anteros, the other of two (< base * an, there + compar. suffix) > Sans ántara ] 1. being the remaining one or ones of two or more [Bill and the other boys] 2. different or… …   English World dictionary

  • other — 1. For each other, see each 3. 2. other than. When other is used as a pronoun or adjective, use of other than is straightforward and causes no comment: • I d never known anything other than hard times D. Dears, 1974. Objections are raised when… …   Modern English usage

  • other — O.E. oþer the second, one of the two, other, from P.Gmc. *antharaz (Cf. O.S. athar, O.N. annarr, Ger. ander, Goth. anþar other ), from PIE *an tero , variant of *al tero the other of two (Cf. Lith. antras, Skt. antarah oth …   Etymology dictionary

  • other — ► ADJECTIVE & PRONOUN 1) used to refer to a person or thing that is different from one already mentioned or known. 2) additional. 3) alternative of two. 4) those not already mentioned. 5) (usu. the Other) Philosophy & Sociology t …   English terms dictionary

  • Other — Oth er ([u^][th] [ e]r), conj. [See {Or}.] Either; used with other or or for its correlative (as either . . . or are now used). [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Other of chalk, other of glass. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Other — Oth er ([u^][th] [ e]r), adv. Otherwise. It shall none other be. Chaucer. If you think other. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • other — UK US /ˈʌðər/ adjective ► ACCOUNTING used to describe amounts of money, usually small amounts, that are added together and not listed under a separate name in financial records: »These expenses are included under the headings utilities , taxes ,… …   Financial and business terms

  • other — [adj1] additional, added alternative, another, auxiliary, else, extra, farther, fresh, further, more, new, spare, supplementary; concept 771 Ant. included, related other [adj2] different contrasting, disparate, dissimilar, distant, distinct,… …   New thesaurus

  • other — index additional, alter ego, ancillary (auxiliary) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • Other — For other uses, see Other (disambiguation). The Other or Constitutive Other (also the verb othering) is a key concept in continental philosophy; it opposes the Same. The Other refers, or attempts to refer, to that which is Other than the initial… …   Wikipedia