Definition of Only

1. Adjective. Being the only one; single and isolated from others. "A solitary speck in the sky"

Exact synonyms: Lone, Lonesome, Sole, Solitary
Similar to: Single
Derivative terms: Lonesomeness

2. Adverb. And nothing more. "Hopes that last but a moment"
Exact synonyms: But, Just, Merely, Simply
Partainyms: Mere, Simple

3. Adjective. Exclusive of anyone or anything else. "I'll have this car and this car only"
Exact synonyms: Alone
Similar to: Exclusive

4. Adverb. Without any others being included or involved. "A privilege granted only to him"
Exact synonyms: Alone, Entirely, Exclusively, Solely
Partainyms: Exclusive, Sole

5. Adverb. With nevertheless the final result. "We won only to lose again in the next round"

6. Adverb. In the final outcome. "These news will only make you more upset"

7. Adverb. Except that. "It was the same story; only this time she came out better"

8. Adverb. Never except when. "Call me only if your cold gets worse"
Exact synonyms: Only If, Only When

9. Adverb. As recently as. "I spoke to him only an hour ago"

Definition of Only

1. a. One alone; single; as, the only man present; his only occupation.

2. adv. In one manner or degree; for one purpose alone; simply; merely; barely.

3. conj. Save or except (that); -- an adversative used elliptically with or without that, and properly introducing a single fact or consideration.

Definition of Only

1. Adjective. Alone in a category. ¹

2. Adjective. Singularly superior; the best. ¹

3. Adjective. Without sibling; without a sibling of the same gender. ¹

4. Adjective. (obsolete) Mere. ¹

5. Adverb. without others or anything further; exclusively ¹

6. Adverb. no more than; just ¹

7. Adverb. as recently as ¹

8. Conjunction. Under the condition that; but. ¹

9. Conjunction. However. ¹

10. Conjunction. But for the fact that; except. ¹

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Definition of Only

1. with nothing or no one else [adv]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Only

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online systems
only (current term)
only Nixon could go to China
only child
only children
only daughter
only daughters
only fools and horses work
only for
only if
only in America
only just
only son
only sons
only time will tell

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