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only

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of only

  1. 1 having no equal or rival for excellence or desirability <the only way to really appreciate the beauty of the forest is to walk through it> Synonyms incomparable, inimitable, matchless, nonpareil, peerless, unequaled (or unequalled), unexampled, unmatched, unparalleled, unrivaled (or unrivalled), unsurpassable, unsurpassed Related Words alone, singular, unique; exceptional, extraordinary, rare, uncommon, unusual; A-OK, A1, awesome, bang-up, banner, beautiful, blue-chip, boffo, bonny (also bonnie) [chiefly British], boss [slang], brag, brave, bully, bumper, capital, choice, classic, cool [slang], corking, crackerjack, cracking, dandy, divine, dope [slang], down [slang], dynamite, excellent, fab, fabulous, famous, fantabulous [slang], fantastic, fine, first-class, first-rate, first-string, five-star, frontline, gangbusters (also gangbuster), gone [slang], grand, great, groovy, heavenly, high-class, hot, hype [slang], immense, jim-dandy, keen, lovely, marvelous (or marvellous), mean, neat, nifty, noble, number one (also No. 1), numero uno, out-of-sight [slang], par excellence, peachy, peachy keen, phat [slang], prime, primo [slang], prize, prizewinning, quality, radical [slang], righteous [slang], sensational, splendid, stellar, sterling, superb, superior, superlative, supernal, swell, terrific, tip-top, top, top-notch, wizard [chiefly British], wonderful; better, preferred; exceptional, fancy, high-grade, special Phrases out of sight Near Antonyms common, commonplace, everyday, familiar, frequent, garden, household, normal, ordinary, routine, ubiquitous, usual; inferior, lesser, worse, worst; bad, bastard, bush, bush-league, deficient, depressed, dissatisfactory, ill, inferior, lame, lousy, low, lower, off, paltry, poor, punk, substandard, unacceptable, unsatisfactory, wanting; low-grade, substandard; mediocre, second-class, second-rate; atrocious, awful, execrable, pathetic, rotten, terrible, vile, wretched

  2. 2 being the one or ones of a class with no other members <that is the only possible right answer> <we were the only passengers on the tour bus> Synonyms alone, lone, one, one-off, singular, sole, solitary, special, sui generis, unique Related Words single, solo, unaccompanied, unattended; incomparable, inimitable, matchless, peerless, unequaled (or unequalled), unmatched, unparalleled, unrivaled (or unrivalled), unsurpassable, unsurpassed; distinct, distinctive, individual, separate; nonce Near Antonyms divers, manifold, multifarious, myriad; assorted, heterogenous, miscellaneous, mixed, motley, patchwork, promiscuous, varied; popular, prevailing, prevalent, rampant; perennial, recurrent, repeated




only

adverb

Synonyms and Antonyms of only

  1. 1 for nothing other than <you're doing that only to annoy me> Synonyms alone, exclusively, just, solely, purely, simplyRelated Words basically, by and large, chiefly, generally, largely, mainly, mostly, predominantly, primarily, principally, substantiallyNear Antonyms additionally, also, besides, likewise

  2. 2 not long ago <we won the election only six days ago> Synonyms freshly, just, late, lately, new, now, newly, recentlyRelated Words latterlyNear Antonyms ago, before, earlier, early, erstwhile, formerly, previously; heretofore, hithertoAntonyms anciently

  3. 3 nothing more than <I was only fooling when I said I saw a shark in the water> Synonyms but, merely, just, purely, simply




only

conjunction

Synonyms and Antonyms of only

  1. if it were not for the fact that <that's a very nice idea, only it won't help> Synonyms but, except, saving, yet




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