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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

Quotes of only

  1. The bitterest creature under heaven is the wife who discovers that her husband's bravery is only bravado that his strength is only a uniform that his power is but a gun in the hands of a fool – Pearl S. Buck
  2. People think I'm a miserable sod but it's only because I get asked such bloody miserable questions – Nick Cave
  3. When the Chinese first came to San Francisco they were actually welcomed by the mayor and they had special ceremonies for them -again this is when their colony was very small only a few Chinese – Iris Chang
  4. You can only see in someone else what you see in yourself – Alan Cohen
  5. I think the only boundaries are individual and personal A writer should be free to write about anything he or she wants to including the twin towers I have made small references to 9/11 in my past two books – Michael Connelly
  6. Only 4 percent of all the companies owned in Scotland have their head offices in Scotland – Sean Connery
  7. Now I'm the only living member of that group There was the six of us originally and they're now all gone – Martin Denny
  8. Originality exists in every individual because each of us differs from the others We are all primary numbers divisible only by ourselves – Jean Guitton
  9. It is a true miracle when a man finally sees himself as his only opposition – Vernon Howard
  10. Only those within whose own consciousness the sun rise and set the leaves burgeon and wither can be said to be aware of what living is – Joseph Wood Krutch
  11. Sex is the mysticism of materialism and the only possible religion in a materialistic society – Malcolm Muggeridge
  12. Anyone can count the seeds in an apple but only God can count the number of apples in a seed – Robert H. Schuller
  13. Art is the only way to run away without leaving home – Twyla Tharp
  14. Talk about it only enough to do it Dream about it only enough to feel it Think about it only enough to understand it Contemplate it only enough to be it – Jean Toomer
  15. If only we'd stop trying to be happy we'd have a pretty good time – Edith Wharton

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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