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Definitions of only

  1. 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"
  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"
  3. 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"
  4. 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"
  5. with nevertheless the final result; " He arrived only to find his wife dead"; " We won only to lose again in the next round"
  6. in the final outcome; " These news will only make you more upset"
  7. as recently as; " I spoke to him only an hour ago"
  8. except that; " It was the same story; only this time she came out better"
  9. never except when; " call me only if your cold gets worse"
  10. One alone; single; as, the only man present; his only occupation.
  11. Alone in its class; by itself; not associated with others of the same class or kind; as, an only child.
  12. Hence, figuratively: Alone, by reason of superiority; preeminent; chief.
  13. In one manner or degree; for one purpose alone; simply; merely; barely.
  14. So and no otherwise; no other than; exclusively; solely; wholly.
  15. Singly; without more; as, only- begotten.
  16. Above all others; particularly.
  17. Except.
  18. Save or except ( that); - an adversative used elliptically with or without that, and properly introducing a single fact or consideration.
  19. Sole; single; as, the only man there; one and no more.
  20. Singly, merely.
  21. One- like: single: this above all others: alone.
  22. In one manner: for one purpose: singly: merely: barely.
  23. Single; alone.
  24. Alone in its class.
  25. Without another; singly.
  26. For one purpose alone; simply; merely.
  27. But.
  28. Single; one alone.
  29. Singly; merely; barely.
  30. Single; one alone; this and no other.
  31. Singly; merely; this and no otherwise; singly without more, as only- begotten.
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Usage examples for only

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