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[uh-nuhth -er] /əˈnʌð ər/
being one more or more of the same; further; additional:
another piece of cake.
different; distinct; of a different period, place, or kind:
at another time; another man.
very similar to; of the same kind or category as:
What we need today is another Thomas Jefferson.
one more; an additional one:
That first hot dog tasted so good I'd like another.
a different one; something different:
going from one house to another.
one like the first:
one copy for her and another for him.
a person other than oneself or the one specified:
He told her he loved another.
Origin of another
1175-1225; Middle English; see an1, other Unabridged
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  • Then you'd have to decide whether you need additional equipment or personnel-maybe it's time to enlist another surgeon.
  • Earlier this week two economists debated the merits of another round of fiscal stimulus.
  • We've had a large earthquake, but the chances of having another one are pretty small.
  • They compete with one another for limited resources: brain time or bandwidth.
  • Here's another reason to buy honey from someone you know and trust.
  • another group of reptiles, until recently neglected, were also important carnivores.
  • These group members even greet one another with a prairie dog kiss or nuzzle.
  • In the last chapters there is still another method with interference after delaying light rays.
  • Americans, in particular, are considered exceptional if they know another language.
  • another requirement was having the wall double as seating space so they, and guests, could observe the tortoise in comfort.
British Dictionary definitions for another


  1. one more; an added: another chance
  2. (as pronoun): help yourself to another
  1. a different; alternative: another era from ours
  2. (as pronoun): to try one path, then another
  1. a different example of the same sort: another Beethoven
  2. (as pronoun): we got rid of one loafer, but I think this new man's another
another place, the other House of Parliament (used in the House of Commons to refer to the House of Lords and vice versa)
Word Origin
C14: originally an other
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Word Origin and History for another

early 13c., merger of an other. Old English used simply oþer. Originally "a second of two." Compound reciprocal pronoun one another is recorded from 1520s.

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