Definitions of only

  1. exclusive of anyone or anything else; " she alone believed him"; " cannot live by bread alone"; " I'll have this car and this car only"
  2. 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"
  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. as recently as; " I spoke to him only an hour ago"
  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"
  7. One alone; single; as, the only man present; his only occupation.
  8. Alone in its class; by itself; not associated with others of the same class or kind; as, an only child.
  9. Hence, figuratively: Alone, by reason of superiority; preeminent; chief.
  10. In one manner or degree; for one purpose alone; simply; merely; barely.
  11. So and no otherwise; no other than; exclusively; solely; wholly.
  12. Singly; without more; as, only- begotten.
  13. Above all others; particularly.
  14. Sole; single; as, the only man there; one and no more.
  15. Singly, merely.
  16. One- like: single: this above all others: alone.
  17. In one manner: for one purpose: singly: merely: barely.
  18. Single; alone.
  19. Alone in its class.
  20. Without another; singly.
  21. For one purpose alone; simply; merely.
  22. But.
  23. Single; one alone.
  24. Singly; merely; barely.
  25. Single; one alone; this and no other.
  26. Singly; merely; this and no otherwise; singly without more, as only- begotten.

Usage examples for only

  1. I think we all are, if we only knew it. – There was a King in Egypt by Norma Lorimer
  2. " Am I the only one that's to do nothing for him? – The Northern Iron 1907 by George A. Birmingham
  3. No; there is only one way- And what is that? – The Adventures of a Special Correspondent by Jules Verne
  4. Don't say anything more about it; only promise me, won't you?" – Flamsted quarries by Mary E. Waller
  5. Only take me away with you. – The Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  6. And there was only one more day. – The Truants by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
  7. If she had only been! – Children of the Market Place by Edgar Lee Masters
  8. Now you have only to get well. – A Little Girl in Old Quebec by Amanda Millie Douglas
  9. I am the only one, I alone! – Old Fritz and the New Era by Louise Muhlbach
  10. I only want you!" – Sisters by Kathleen Norris
  11. I see you, of course, and only you. – Mugby Junction by Charles Dickens
  12. I thought he only said if he did. – The Quality of Mercy by W. D. Howells
  13. Only let me tell you this. – A People's Man by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  14. You're the only one I can think of to show this to! – Rats in the Belfry by John York Cabot
  15. There is only one thing I wish. – The Story of a Nodding Donkey by Laura Lee Hope
  16. If only one could see him! – A People's Man by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  17. Oh, if he only could! – Master Tales of Mystery, Volume 3 by Collected and Arranged by Francis J. Reynolds
  18. But if you would only say you could! – In the Border Country by Josephine Daskam Bacon
  19. Oh, if Eunice had only had my chance!" – Eunice by Margaret Murray Robertson
  20. Only if you could- but of course I'll help you! – In the Mayor's Parlour by J. S. (Joseph Smith) Fletcher