1 conjunction
1 used to begin a list of two or more possibilities separated by `or': You add either one or two stock cubes. | She's the kind of person you either love or hate. | It was either pink, red, or orange.
—compare or (1)
2 used to say that if one thing does not happen then something else will have to: It's your choice! Either she leaves or I will! | £75 seems a lot to pay for a starter motor but it's either that or a new car!
2 determiner
1 one or the other of two things or people: I've lived in New York and Chicago but don't like either city very much. | either way (=in one way or the other): You can get to Edinburgh by train or plane but either way it's very expensive. | “Shall we have Indian or Chinese?” “I don't mind either way really.” | The baby's due on the 10th but the doctor said it could be a fortnight either way. (=it could be born two weeks early or two weeks late)
—compare any 1, any 2, neither 1
2 one and the other of two things or people; each: He sat in the back of the car with a policeman on either side. | There are shops at either end of the street.
—compare both
3 an either-or situation a situation in which you cannot avoid having to make a decision or choice
—see also 3 pronoun one or the other of two things or people: There's tea or coffee - you can have either. | Do either of you know where I can buy a zip round here? 4 adverb
1 (only in negatives) also: I haven't seen the move and my brother hasn't either. (=both haven't seen it) | “I can't swim.” “I can't, either.”
2 me either AmE spoken used to say that something is also true about you: “I don't have any money right now.” “Me either.”
—compare neither 3, too (2)

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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(of two) / (of several) / (of two), ,

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