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only - Dictionary definition and meaning for word only

(adj) being the only one; single and isolated from others
Synonyms : lone , lonesome , sole , solitary
Example Sentence
  • 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

(adj) exclusive of anyone or anything else
Synonyms : alone
Example Sentence
  • she alone believed him
  • cannot live by bread alone
  • I'll have this car and this car only

(adv) and nothing more
Synonyms : but , just , merely , simply
Example Sentence
  • 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

(adv) without any others being included or involved
Synonyms : alone , entirely , exclusively , solely
Example Sentence
  • 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

(adv) with nevertheless the final result
Example Sentence
  • He arrived only to find his wife dead
  • We won only to lose again in the next round

(adv) in the final outcome
Example Sentence
  • These news will only make you more upset

(adv) except that
Example Sentence
  • It was the same story; only this time she came out better

(adv) never except when
Synonyms : only if , only when
Example Sentence
  • call me only if your cold gets worse

(adv) as recently as
Example Sentence
  • I spoke to him only an hour ago

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