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English adjective: only

1. only being the only one; single and isolated from others


SamplesThe 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.


Synonymslone, lonesome, sole, solitary


Similarsingle


Antonymsmultiple

2. only exclusive of anyone or anything else


SamplesShe alone believed him.
Cannot live by bread alone.
I'll have this car and this car only.


Synonymsalone


Similarexclusive


Antonymsinclusive


English adverb: only

1. only and nothing more


SamplesI was merely asking.
It is simply a matter of time.
Just a scratch.
He was only a child.
Hopes that last but a moment.


Synonymsbut, just, merely, simply

2. only without any others being included or involved


SamplesWas 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.


Synonymsalone, entirely, exclusively, solely

3. only with nevertheless the final result


SamplesHe arrived only to find his wife dead.
We won only to lose again in the next round.

4. only in the final outcome


SamplesThese news will only make you more upset.

5. only except that


SamplesIt was the same story; only this time she came out better.

6. only never except when


SamplesCall me only if your cold gets worse.


Synonymsonly if, only when

7. only as recently as


SamplesI spoke to him only an hour ago.









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