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    only - Dictionary definition and meaning for word only

    Definition
    (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
    Definition
    (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
    Definition
    (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
    Definition
    (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
    Definition
    (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
    Definition
    (adv) in the final outcome
    Example Sentence
    • These news will only make you more upset
    Definition
    (adv) except that
    Example Sentence
    • It was the same story; only this time she came out better
    Definition
    (adv) never except when
    Synonyms : only if , only when
    Example Sentence
    • call me only if your cold gets worse
    Definition
    (adv) as recently as
    Example Sentence
    • I spoke to him only an hour ago
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