English adjective: only
|1.||only being the only one; single and isolated from others|
|Samples||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.
|Synonyms||lone, lonesome, sole, solitary|
|2.||only exclusive of anyone or anything else|
|Samples||She alone believed him.|
Cannot live by bread alone.
I'll have this car and this car only.
English adverb: only
|1.||only and nothing more|
|Samples||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.
|Synonyms||but, just, merely, simply|
|2.||only without any others being included or involved|
|Samples||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.
|Synonyms||alone, entirely, exclusively, solely|
|3.||only with nevertheless the final result|
|Samples||He arrived only to find his wife dead.|
We won only to lose again in the next round.
|4.||only in the final outcome|
|Samples||These news will only make you more upset.|
|5.||only except that|
|Samples||It was the same story; only this time she came out better.|
|6.||only never except when|
|Samples||Call me only if your cold gets worse.|
|Synonyms||only if, only when|
|7.||only as recently as|
|Samples||I spoke to him only an hour ago.|