\ ə-ˈlōn How to pronounce alone (audio) \

Definition of alone

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : separated from others : isolated was alone in the office
2 : exclusive of anyone or anything else : only She alone knows what happened.
3a : considered without reference to any other The children alone would eat that much.
b : incomparable, unique They are alone among their contemporaries in this respect.



Definition of alone (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : solely, exclusively The blame is mine alone.
2 : without aid or support He said he could do it alone.

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Other Words from alone


aloneness \ -​ˈlōn-​nəs How to pronounce aloneness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for alone

Synonyms: Adjective

lone, lonely, lonesome, single, solitary, solo, unaccompanied

Synonyms: Adverb

independently, single-handed, single-handedly, singly, solely, unaided, unassisted

Antonyms: Adjective


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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


alone, solitary, and lonely mean separated from others. alone is used when a person is entirely without company. I was left alone in the room. solitary may be used to emphasize the fact of being the only one. The old tree had but a solitary apple. lonely is used when someone longs for company. I felt lonely after my friends left.

Examples of alone in a Sentence


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


The police believe the criminal acted alone. The price alone is enough to discourage people. The special effects alone make the movie worth seeing.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

For the downhill alone, that’s a cool $160 per minute. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "An Anchorage man paid $1,600 for a Mount Marathon bib, and things went downhill fast after that," 14 July 2019 The Elm Grove boy appeared to be in the water, alone and unsupervised, for about three minutes, according to a news release from the police department. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This isn't the first time the boy who nearly drowned at an Elm Grove pool was left unattended, police say," 12 July 2019 Winning the fight may not be enough alone to get the contract. Robert Rimpson, The Courier-Journal, "MMA fighter Lance 'The Tornado' Lawrence is one fight away from his UFC dream," 12 July 2019 An economic impact analysis of restoring the rail service, conducted last year by the University of Southern Mississippi’s Trent Lott National Center, estimates Alabama would generate $5.48 million from improving the rail line alone., "Gulf Coast rail advocates detail Amtrak return plan: ‘Will bring people to your front door’," 12 July 2019 The five people Jessica Evers lived with had left for work and school, leaving her alone to care for her infant daughter and browse the internet for schools. NBC News, "'They just saw me as a dollar sign': How some certificate schools profit from vulnerable students," 11 July 2019 At this, Nixon saluted, then clapped alone and loudly four or five times. David Shribman,, "Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon: How their presidencies shaped the mission to the moon," 11 July 2019 The unmarried, on average, are socially engaged, not isolated and alone. Alan J. Hawkins, National Review, "What You Lose When You Diss the Public Good of Marriage," 10 July 2019 Megan Ross said perfecting the strap and size of the ice pack alone were long processes. Sarah Min, CBS News, "Family entrepreneurs turn kids' head injuries into business opportunity," 10 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

From divorce to reform Tusk is not alone in his assessment. Saphora Smith, NBC News, "Brexit effect? Europe's populists back away from calls to leave the union," 14 July 2019 Arup isn’t alone in turning to science fiction writers for their future planning. Rose Eveleth, WIRED, "Can Sci-Fi Writers Prepare Us for an Uncertain Future?," 12 July 2019 The best time to eat raw vegetables is right now, but nobody can survive on crudité alone. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "Salad Ramen Is the Only Dinner We Want When the Temp Gets Above 80 Degrees," 12 July 2019 At least 11 black trans women have been killed in the United States in 2019 alone. Mankaprr Conteh, Vogue, "How Layleen Cubilette-Polanco’s Family, the House of Xtravaganza, and Activists Are Mourning and Organizing a Month After Her Death," 12 July 2019 The large, coiled-up snake was alone and stared into the lens, irate. Gena Steffens, Smithsonian, "The Snakes That Ate Florida," 11 July 2019 Google isn't alone in letting employees listen to users audio recordings. Xavier Harding, Fortune, "Alphabet’s Latest Data Grab: Google Home Records Far More Sound Than Users Realize, Report Says," 11 July 2019 Rosenbaum is not alone in his attempts in growing the world of cannabis tourism. Susan G. Hauser,, "High hopes for your next vacation: cannabis tourism grows," 11 July 2019 One researcher sits alone down the beach, her face buried in her palms. Nick Hawkins, National Geographic, "6 recent deaths push rare whales closer to extinction," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of alone


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for alone

Adjective and Adverb

Middle English, from al all + one one

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English Language Learners Definition of alone

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



English Language Learners Definition of alone (Entry 2 of 2)

: without help from anyone or anything else
: without another
: without including or needing anything more


\ ə-ˈlōn How to pronounce alone (audio) \

Kids Definition of alone

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : separated from others
2 : not including anyone or anything else Food alone is not enough for health.



Kids Definition of alone (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : and nothing or no one else You alone are responsible.
2 : without company or help We thought we could do it alone.

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