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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



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.




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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