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Idioms for other

    every other, every alternate: a meeting every other week.

Origin of other

before 900; Middle English; Old English ōther (pronoun, adj., and noun); cognate with German ander, Gothic anthar; akin to Sanskrit antara-

Definition for every other (2 of 2)

every
[ ev-ree ]
/ ˈɛv ri /

adjective

being one of a group or series taken collectively; each: We go there every day.
all possible; the greatest possible degree of: every prospect of success.

Origin of every

1125–75; Middle English every, everich, Old English ǣfre ǣlc ever each

synonym study for every

1. See each.
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British Dictionary definitions for every other (1 of 2)

every
/ (ˈɛvrɪ) /

determiner

each one (of the class specified), without exceptionevery child knows it
(not used with a negative) the greatest or best possibleevery hope of success
each: used before a noun phrase to indicate the recurrent, intermittent, or serial nature of a thingevery third day; every now and then; every so often
every bit (used in comparisons with as) quite; just; equallyevery bit as funny as the other show
every other each alternate; every secondevery other day
every which way
  1. in all directions; everywhereI looked every which way for you
  2. US and Canadian from all sidesstones coming at me every which way

Word Origin for every

C15 everich, from Old English ǣfre ǣlc, from ǣfre ever + ǣlc each

British Dictionary definitions for every other (2 of 2)

other
/ (ˈʌðə) /

determiner

pronoun

adverb

(usually used with a negative and foll by than) otherwise; differentlythey couldn't behave other than they do

Word Origin for other

Old English ōther; related to Old Saxon āthar, ōthar, Old High German andar

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Idioms and Phrases with every other (1 of 3)

every other

Every second one in a series, as in I'm supposed to take this pill every other day. [c. 1400]

Idioms and Phrases with every other (2 of 3)

every

Idioms and Phrases with every other (3 of 3)

other

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