Definitions for only

Definitions for (adj) only

Main entry: alone, only

Definition: exclusive of anyone or anything else

Usage: she alone believed him; cannot live by bread alone; I'll have this car and this car only

Main entry: only, sole, solitary, lone, lonesome

Definition: being the only one; single and isolated from others

Usage: 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

Definitions for (adv) only

Main entry: just, merely, only, but, simply

Definition: and nothing more

Usage: 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

Main entry: only, solely, alone, entirely, exclusively

Definition: without any others being included or involved

Usage: 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

Main entry: only

Definition: with nevertheless the final result

Usage: He arrived only to find his wife dead; We won only to lose again in the next round

Main entry: only

Definition: in the final outcome

Usage: These news will only make you more upset

Main entry: only

Definition: as recently as

Usage: I spoke to him only an hour ago

Main entry: only

Definition: except that

Usage: It was the same story; only this time she came out better

Main entry: only, only if, only when

Definition: never except when

Usage: call me only if your cold gets worse

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