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Definition of 'only'

Adjective

  1. being the only one; single and isolated from others; "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. exclusive of anyone or anything else; "she alone believed him"; "cannot live by bread alone"; "I'll have this car and this car only"
       Synonyms: alone

Adverb

  1. and nothing more; "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: merely simply just but
  2. without any others being included or involved; "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: entirely exclusively solely alone
  3. with nevertheless the final result; "He arrived only to find his wife dead"; "We won only to lose again in the next round"
  4. in the final outcome; "These news will only make you more upset"
  5. except that; "It was the same story; only this time she came out better"
  6. never except when; "call me only if your cold gets worse"
       Synonyms: only if only when
  7. as recently as; "I spoke to him only an hour ago"


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