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Lone vs. Only — What's the Difference?

Lone vs. Only — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Lone and Only

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Lone

Without accompaniment; solitary
A lone skier on the mountain.
Mar 23, 2023

Only

Alone in kind or class; sole
That's the only pen I have.
Mar 23, 2023

Lone

Being the only one; sole
The lone doctor in the county.
Mar 23, 2023

Only

Having no siblings
An only child.
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Lone

Situated by itself
A lone tree on the prairie.
A lone blue tile in a white floor.
Mar 23, 2023
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Only

Most suitable of all; superior or excellent
This is the only way to cook a good steak.
Mar 23, 2023

Lone

Solitary; having no companion.
A lone traveler or watcher
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Only

Without anyone or anything else; alone
We have only two sandwiches left.
Mar 23, 2023

Lone

Isolated or lonely; lacking companionship.
Mar 23, 2023

Only

At the very least
If you would only come home. The story was only too true.
Mar 23, 2023

Lone

Sole; being the only one of a type.
The lone male audience member at the concert
Mar 23, 2023

Only

And nothing else or more; merely; just
I was only following orders.
Mar 23, 2023

Lone

Situated by itself or by oneself, with no neighbours.
A lone house;
A lone isle
Mar 23, 2023

Only

Exclusively; solely
Facts known only to us.
Mar 23, 2023

Lone

(archaic) Unfrequented by human beings; solitary.
Mar 23, 2023

Only

In the last analysis or final outcome; inevitably
Actions that will only make things worse.
Mar 23, 2023

Lone

(archaic) Single; unmarried, or in widowhood.
Mar 23, 2023

Only

With the negative or unfortunate result
Received a raise only to be laid off.
Mar 23, 2023

Lone

A lane. See Loanin.
Mar 23, 2023

Only

As recently as
Called me only last month.
Mar 23, 2023

Lone

Being without a companion; being by one's self; also, sad from lack of companionship; lonely; as, a lone traveler or watcher.
When I have on those pathless wilds a appeared,And the lone wanderer with my presence cheered.
Mar 23, 2023

Only

In the immediate past
Only just saw them.
Mar 23, 2023

Lone

Single; unmarried, or in widowhood.
Queen Elizabeth being a lone woman.
A hundred mark is a long one for a poor lone woman to bear.
Mar 23, 2023

Only

Were it not that; except that
We would have reached the summit, only the weather got bad.
Mar 23, 2023

Lone

Being apart from other things of the kind; being by itself; also, apart from human dwellings and resort; as, a lone house.
By a lone well a lonelier column rears.
Mar 23, 2023

Only

With the restriction that; but
You may go, only be careful.
Mar 23, 2023

Lone

Unfrequented by human beings; solitary.
Thus vanish scepters, coronets, and balls,And leave you on lone woods, or empty walls.
Mar 23, 2023

Only

However; and yet
The merchandise is well made, only we can't use it.
Mar 23, 2023

Lone

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
Mar 23, 2023

Only

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.
He was the only male in attendance at the boyband concert.
That was the only time I went to Turkey.
Mar 23, 2023

Lone

Characterized by or preferring solitude in mode of life;
The eremitic element in the life of a religious colony
A lone wolf
A man of a solitary disposition
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Only

Singularly superior; the best.
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Lone

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
Mar 23, 2023

Only

Without sibling; without a sibling of the same gender.
He is their only son, in fact, an only child.
Mar 23, 2023

Only

(obsolete) Mere.
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Only

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.
Mar 23, 2023

Only

No more than; just.
The cat only sat on the mat. It didn't scratch it.
If there were only one more ticket!
Mar 23, 2023

Only

As recently as.
He left only moments ago.
Mar 23, 2023

Only

(Britain) Used to express surprise or consternation at an action.
She's only gone and run off with the milkman!
Mar 23, 2023

Only

Introduces a disappointing or surprising outcome that renders futile something previously mentioned.
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.
Mar 23, 2023

Only

(obsolete) Above all others; particularly.
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Only

(informal) Under the condition that; but.
You're welcome to borrow my bicycle, only please take care of it.
Mar 23, 2023

Only

But; except.
I would enjoy running, only I have this broken leg.
She would get good results only she gets nervous.
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Only

An only child.
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Only

One alone; single; as, the only man present; his only occupation.
Mar 23, 2023

Only

Alone in its class; by itself; not associated with others of the same class or kind; as, an only child.
Mar 23, 2023

Only

Alone, by reason of superiority; preëminent; chief.
Mar 23, 2023

Only

In one manner or degree; for one purpose alone; simply; merely; barely.
And to be loved himself, needs only to be known.
Mar 23, 2023

Only

So and no otherwise; no other than; exclusively; solely; wholly.
Every imagination . . . of his heart was only evil.
Mar 23, 2023

Only

Singly; without more; as, only-begotten.
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Only

Above all others; particularly.
His most only elected mistress.
Mar 23, 2023

Only

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.
Mar 23, 2023

Only

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
Mar 23, 2023

Only

Exclusive of anyone or anything else;
She alone believed him
Cannot live by bread alone
I'll have this car and this car only
Mar 23, 2023

Only

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
Mar 23, 2023

Only

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
Mar 23, 2023

Only

With nevertheless the final result;
He arrived only to find his wife dead
We won only to lose again in the next round
Mar 23, 2023

Only

In the final outcome;
These news will only make you more upset
Mar 23, 2023

Only

Except that;
It was the same story; only this time she came out better
Mar 23, 2023

Only

Never except when;
Call me only if your cold gets worse
Mar 23, 2023

Only

As recently as;
I spoke to him only an hour ago
Mar 23, 2023

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