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or 1(ôr; ər when unstressed)
or 2(ôr) Archaic
or(ɔː; unstressed ə)
or1(ɔr; unstressed ər)
prep., conj. Archaic.
You use or when you are mentioning two or more alternatives or possibilities. You use or to link words, phrases, or clauses.
You use or instead of 'and' after using a negative word. For example, say 'I do not like coffee or tea'. Don't say 'I do not like coffee and tea'.
When you link two or more nouns using or, you use a plural verb after plural countable nouns, and a singular verb after singular countable or uncountable nouns.
You use either with or when you are mentioning two alternatives and you want to say that no other alternatives are possible. Either goes in front of the first alternative and or goes in front of the second one.
After neither, you usually use nor.
When you are linking more than two items, you usually only put or in front of the last one. After each of the others you put a comma. Often the comma is omitted in front of or.
You don't normally put or at the beginning of a sentence, but you can sometimes do so when you are reporting what someone says or thinks.
You can use or when you are correcting a mistake you have made, or when you think of a better way of saying something.
|Noun||1.||OR - a state in northwestern United States on the Pacific|
Pacific Northwest - a region of the northwestern United States usually including Washington and Oregon and sometimes southwestern British Columbia
Crater Lake National Park - a national park in Oregon having the deepest lake in the United States in the crater of an extinct volcano
U.S.A., United States, United States of America, US, USA, America, the States, U.S. - North American republic containing 50 states - 48 conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean; achieved independence in 1776
Bend - a town in central Oregon at the eastern foot of the Cascade Range
Eugene - a city in western Oregon on the Willamette River; site of a university
Klamath Falls - a town in southern Oregon near the California border
Medford - a town in southwestern Oregon; a summer resort
Portland - freshwater port and largest city in Oregon; located in northwestern Oregon on the Willamette River which divides the city into east and west sections; renowned for its beautiful natural setting among the mountains
capital of Oregon, Salem - capital of the state of Oregon in the northwestern part of the state on the Willamette River
Klamath, Klamath River - a river flowing southwest from Oregon through northern California to the Pacific Ocean
Snake River, Snake - a tributary of the Columbia River that rises in Wyoming and flows westward; discovered in 1805 by the Lewis and Clark Expedition
|2.||OR - a room in a hospital equipped for the performance of surgical operations; "great care is taken to keep the operating rooms aseptic"|
hospital room - a room in a hospital for the care of patients
would you like tea or coffee? → ¿quieres té o café?
seven or eight → siete u ocho
men or women → mujeres u hombres
15 or 16 → 15 ó 16
let me go or I'll scream! → ¡suélteme, o me pongo a gritar!
hurry up or you'll miss the bus → date prisa, que vas a perder el autobús
rain or no rain, you've got to go → con lluvia o sin lluvia, tienes que ir
not ... or → no ... ni ...
he didn't write or telephone → no escribió ni telefoneó
I don't eat meat or fish → no como carne ni pescado
she can't dance or sing → no sabe bailar ni cantar
20 or so → unos veinte, veinte más o menos
an hour or so → una hora más o menos
without relatives or friends → sin parientes ni amigos
see also either C
see also else 4
botany, or the science of plants → botánica, es decir la ciencia que estudia las plantas
or rather → o mejor dicho ..., o más bien ...
"U" and "ó" instead of "o"
or[ˈɔːr](STRONG) [ər] conj
Would you like tea or coffee? → Voulez-vous du thé ou du café?
or not → ou non
Believe it or not → Croyez-le ou non
Like it or not → Que cela vous plaise ou non ...
whether or not → si oui ou non
Whether or not that is the case → si oui ou non c'est le cas
Hurry up or you'll miss the bus → Dépêche-toi, ou tu vas rater le bus.
or else (= otherwise) → sinon
... or else! (in threat) → sinon ...
Give me the money, or else! → Donne-moi l'argent, sinon ...
I don't eat meat or fish → Je ne mange ni viande, ni poisson.
He hasn't seen or heard anything → Il n'a rien vu ni entendu.
or[ɔːʳ] conj (gen) → o
or rather → o meglio, o piuttosto
or else → oppure, se no, altrimenti
do it or else! (fam) → fallo, altrimenti...!
20 or so → circa 20
let me go or I'll scream! → lasciami andare o mi metto a urlare!
without relatives or friends → senza (né) parenti né amici
he can't read or write → non sa né leggere né scrivere
he hasn't seen or heard anything → non ha (né) visto né sentito niente