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Alone vs. Only

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Aloneadjective

By oneself, solitary.

‘I can't ask for help because I am alone.’;

Onlyadjective

Alone in a category.

‘He is the only doctor for miles.’; ‘The only people in the stadium were the fans: no players, coaches, or officials.’; ‘That was the only time I went to Turkey.’;

Aloneadjective

Apart from, or exclusive of, others.

‘Jones alone could do it.’;

Onlyadjective

Singularly superior; the best.

Aloneadjective

Considered separately.

Onlyadjective

Without sibling; without a sibling of the same gender.

‘He is their only son, in fact, an only child.’;

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Aloneadjective

Without equal.

Onlyadjective

(obsolete) Mere.

Aloneadjective

(obsolete) Unique; rare; matchless.

Onlyadverb

Without others or anything further; exclusively.

‘My heart is hers, and hers only.’; ‘The cat sat only on the mat. It kept off the sofa.’;

Aloneadverb

By oneself; apart from, or exclusive of, others; solo.

‘She walked home alone.’;

Onlyadverb

No more than; just.

‘The cat only sat on the mat. It didn't scratch it.’; ‘If there were only one more ticket!’;

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Aloneadverb

Without outside help.

‘The job was too hard for me to do alone.’;

Onlyadverb

As recently as.

‘He left only moments ago.’;

Aloneadverb

Exclusively.

‘The responsibility is theirs alone.’;

Onlyadverb

Used to express surprise or consternation at an action.

‘She's only gone and run off with the milkman!’;

Aloneadjective

Quite by one's self; apart from, or exclusive of, others; single; solitary; - applied to a person or thing.

‘Alone on a wide, wide sea.’; ‘It is not good that the man should be alone.’;

Onlyadverb

Introduces a disappointing or surprising outcome that renders futile something previously mentioned. See also only to, only for.

‘They rallied from a three-goal deficit only to lose in the final two minutes of play.’; ‘I helped him out only for him to betray me.''’;

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Aloneadjective

Of or by itself; by themselves; without any thing more or any one else; without a sharer; only.

‘Man shall not live by bread alone.’; ‘The citizens alone should be at the expense.’;

Onlyadverb

(obsolete) Above all others; particularly.

Aloneadjective

Sole; only; exclusive.

‘God, by whose alone power and conversation we all live, and move, and have our being.’;

Onlyconjunction

(informal) Under the condition that; but.

‘You're welcome to borrow my bicycle, only please take care of it.’;

Aloneadjective

Hence; Unique; rare; matchless.

Onlyconjunction

But; except.

‘I would enjoy running, only I have this broken leg.’;

Aloneadverb

Solely; simply; exclusively.

Onlynoun

An only child.

Aloneadjective

isolated from others;

‘could be alone in a crowded room’; ‘was alone with her thoughts’; ‘I want to be alone’;

Onlyadjective

One alone; single; as, the only man present; his only occupation.

Aloneadjective

lacking companions or companionship;

‘he was alone when we met him’; ‘she is alone much of the time’; ‘the lone skier on the mountain’; ‘a lonely fisherman stood on a tuft of gravel’; ‘a lonely soul’; ‘a solitary traveler’;

Onlyadjective

Alone in its class; by itself; not associated with others of the same class or kind; as, an only child.

Aloneadjective

exclusive of anyone or anything else;

‘she alone believed him’; ‘cannot live by bread alone’; ‘I'll have this car and this car only’;

Onlyadjective

Alone, by reason of superiority; preëminent; chief.

Aloneadjective

radically distinctive and without equal;

‘he is alone in the field of microbiology’; ‘this theory is altogether alone in its penetration of the problem’; ‘Bach was unique in his handling of counterpoint’; ‘craftsmen whose skill is unequaled’; ‘unparalleled athletic ability’; ‘a breakdown of law unparalleled in our history’;

Onlyadverb

In one manner or degree; for one purpose alone; simply; merely; barely.

‘And to be loved himself, needs only to be known.’;

Aloneadverb

without any others being included or involved;

‘was entirely to blame’; ‘a school devoted entirely to the needs of problem children’; ‘he works for Mr. Smith exclusively’; ‘did it solely for money’; ‘the burden of proof rests on the prosecution alone’; ‘a privilege granted only to him’;

Onlyadverb

So and no otherwise; no other than; exclusively; solely; wholly.

‘Every imagination . . . of his heart was only evil.’;

Aloneadverb

without anybody else;

‘the child stayed home alone’; ‘he flew solo’;

Onlyadverb

Singly; without more; as, only-begotten.

Aloneadjective

having no one else present; on one's own

‘she was alone that evening’; ‘he lives alone’;

Onlyadverb

Above all others; particularly.

‘His most only elected mistress.’;

Aloneadjective

without others' help or participation; single-handed

‘they were not alone in dissenting from the advice’; ‘team members are more effective than individuals working alone’;

Onlyconjunction

Save or except (that); - an adversative used elliptically with or without that, and properly introducing a single fact or consideration.

‘He might have seemed some secretary or clerk . . . only that his low, flat, unadorned cap . . . indicated that he belonged to the city.’;

Aloneadjective

isolated and lonely

‘she was terribly alone and exposed’;

Onlyadjective

being the only one; single and isolated from others;

‘the lone doctor in the entire county’; ‘a lonesome pine’; ‘an only child’; ‘the sole heir’; ‘the sole example’; ‘a solitary instance of cowardice’; ‘a solitary speck in the sky’;

Aloneadjective

indicating that something is confined to the specified subject or recipient

‘he is answerable to Parliament alone’; ‘it was a smile for him alone’;

Onlyadjective

exclusive of anyone or anything else;

‘she alone believed him’; ‘cannot live by bread alone’; ‘I'll have this car and this car only’;

Aloneadjective

used to emphasize that only one factor out of several is being considered and that the whole is greater or more extreme

‘there were fifteen churches in the town centre alone’;

Onlyadverb

and nothing more;

‘I was merely asking’; ‘it is simply a matter of time’; ‘just a scratch’; ‘he was only a child’; ‘hopes that last but a moment’;

Aloneadverb

having no one else present; on one's own

‘he lives alone’; ‘she was alone that evening’;

Onlyadverb

without any others being included or involved;

‘was entirely to blame’; ‘a school devoted entirely to the needs of problem children’; ‘he works for Mr. Smith exclusively’; ‘did it solely for money’; ‘the burden of proof rests on the prosecution alone’; ‘a privilege granted only to him’;

Aloneadverb

indicating that something is confined to the specified subject or recipient

‘he is answerable to Parliament alone’; ‘it was a smile for him alone’;

Onlyadverb

with nevertheless the final result;

‘He arrived only to find his wife dead’; ‘We won only to lose again in the next round’;

Aloneadverb

Onlyadverb

in the final outcome;

‘These news will only make you more upset’;

Aloneadverb

without others' help or participation; single-handed

‘team members are more effective than individuals working alone’; ‘they were not alone in dissenting from the advice’;

Onlyadverb

except that;

‘It was the same story; only this time she came out better’;

Aloneadverb

isolated and lonely

‘she was terribly alone and exposed’;

Onlyadverb

never except when;

‘call me only if your cold gets worse’;

Aloneadverb

Onlyadverb

as recently as;

‘I spoke to him only an hour ago’;

Aloneadverb

used to emphasize that only one factor out of several is being considered and that the whole is greater or more extreme

‘there were fifteen churches in the town centre alone’;

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