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lone

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adjective \ˈlōn\

Simple Definition of lone

  • : standing, acting, or being alone

  • : not having a partner (such as a husband or wife)

Full Definition of lone

  1. 1 a :  having no company :  solitary b :  preferring solitude

  2. 2 :  only, sole

  3. 3 :  situated by itself :  isolated

lone·ness play \ˈlōn-nəs\ noun

Examples of lone

  1. <the lone ripe apple in the entire bag>

  2. <just one lone cow in the middle of the field>



Origin of lone

Middle English, short for alone


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of lone

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>.



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