adjective \ə-ˈlōn\

: without anyone or anything else : not involving or including anyone or anything else : separate from other people or things

: without people that you know or that usually are with you

: feeling unhappy because of being separated from other people

Full Definition of ALONE

:  separated from others :  isolated
:  exclusive of anyone or anything else :  only <she alone knows why>
a :  considered without reference to any other <the children alone would eat that much>
b :  incomparable, unique <alone among their contemporaries in this respect>
alone·ness \-ˈlōn-nəs\ noun

Examples of ALONE

  1. This wine goes well with food, but is also very good alone.
  2. I got him alone and asked him what had really happened.
  3. She lived alone for many years.
  4. She doesn't mind being alone because she never feels lonely.
  5. He was alone with his thoughts.
  6. He felt very alone when he went away to school.

Origin of ALONE

Middle English, from al all + one one
First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of ALONE

alone, solitary, lonely, lonesome, lone, forlorn, desolate mean isolated from others. alone stresses the objective fact of being by oneself with slighter notion of emotional involvement than most of the remaining terms <everyone needs to be alone sometimes>. solitary may indicate isolation as a chosen course <glorying in the calm of her solitary life> but more often it suggests sadness and a sense of loss <left solitary by the death of his wife>. lonely adds to solitary a suggestion of longing for companionship <felt lonely and forsaken>. lonesome heightens the suggestion of sadness and poignancy <an only child often leads a lonesome life>. lone may replace lonely or lonesome but typically is as objective as alone <a lone robin pecking at the lawn>. forlorn stresses dejection, woe, and listlessness at separation from one held dear <a forlorn lost child>. desolate implies inconsolable grief at loss or bereavement <desolate after her brother's death>.

Rhymes with ALONE

agon, aitchbone, atone, backbone, Bastogne, bemoan, Big Stone, birthstone, Blackstone, bloodstone, bluestone, bondstone, Boulogne, breastbone, bridge loan, brimstone, brownstone, call loan, calzone, Capone, capstone, cell phone, cheekbone, chinbone, cogon, cologne, Cologne, colon, colón, Colón, condone, copestone, corn pone, curbstone, cyclone, daimon, dapsone, debone, depone, dethrone, dial tone, disown, Dordogne, downzone, dripstone, drop zone, drystone, earphone, earth tone, end zone, enthrone, estrone, fieldstone, firestone, Firestone, flagstone, flowstone, flyblown, footstone, freestone, free zone, full-blown, gallstone, gemstone, Gijón, goldstone, gravestone, greenstone, grindstone, hailstone, halftone, handblown, hard stone, headphone, headstone, hearthstone, high-flown, hip bone, homegrown, hormone, hornstone, impone, ingrown, inkstone, in stone, intone, jawbone, jewel tone, keystone, León, leone, life zone, limestone, lodestone, long bone, Maidstone, milestone, millstone, moonstone, mudstone, nose cone, oilstone, orgone, ozone, pay phone, peptone, pinbone, pinecone, piñon, pipestone, postpone, potstone, propone, redbone, red zone, rhinestone, sandstone, shade-grown, shinbone, siltstone, snow cone, soapstone, splint bone, strike zone, T-bone, tailbone, thighbone, time zone, toadstone, tombstone, touchstone, touch-tone, tritone, trombone, turnstone, twelve-tone, two-tone, Tyrone, unknown, unthrone, war zone, well-known, whalebone, wheel-thrown, whetstone, windblown, wishbone, Yangon



: without help from anyone or anything else

: without another

: without including or needing anything more

Full Definition of ALONE

:  solely, exclusively <the blame is his alone>
:  without aid or support <said he could do it alone>

Examples of ALONE

  1. The police believe the criminal acted alone.
  2. The price alone is enough to discourage people.
  3. The special effects alone make the movie worth seeing.

First Known Use of ALONE

13th century

Related to ALONE

independently, single-handed, single-handedly, singly, solely, unaided, unassisted, by one's own bootstraps, on one's own, on one's own hook, on one's own initiative


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