alone

adjective
\ 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.

alone

adverb

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

Adjective

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for alone

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Adverb

Antonyms: Adjective

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Adjective

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

Examples of alone in a Sentence

Adjective 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. Adverb 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 Europeans won’t be alone in feeling record summer temperatures. Jonathan Tirone, Fortune, "Stuck at home, Europeans face a summer of sweltering temperatures and drought, scientists predict," 16 May 2020 Identifying the peak of the pandemic using official case counts alone is difficult. The Economist, "Daily chart The coronavirus may have peaked in America," 15 May 2020 Steve showed up to Jen's house furious, looking for Judy, but Jen was alone with just her sons in the house, sleeping. Martha Sorren, refinery29.com, "The Emotional Detail You May Have Missed In Perez’ Game-Changing Finale Decision On Dead To Me," 9 May 2020 Chicks tend to do best in small groups so Gonska didn't want the surviving chick to be alone. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "Teachers open their homes to classroom pets during shutdown," 7 May 2020 That newfound strength means that Bloomberg will likely not be alone in piling on Sanders. Mark Niquette, Bloomberg.com, "Michael Bloomberg Seeks Debate Redemption While Bernie Sanders Faces Attack," 7 May 2020 Sing and dance together and be joyous but let each one of you be alone. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Zayn Malik's New Marriage Tattoo Sparks Gigi Hadid Engagement Rumors," 6 May 2020 Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose initially requested counties to turn in their counts by 10 p.m. Tuesday, but Hamilton County was not alone with its late-posting results. Hannah K. Sparling, Cincinnati.com, "Hamilton County had no primary winners until Wednesday a.m. Will there be a repeat in fall?," 29 Apr. 2020 That humans are not meant to be alone is hardly news. Jenny Anderson, Quartz, "Coronavirus reminds us what functioning communities look like," 17 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb But despite testing positive for the virus, VanBuren, who lived alone, was looked after by neighbors who said his death was from cancer and kidney failure, not COVID-19, according to MustReadAlaska, a news blog. Fox News, "As US coronavirus death toll mounts, so does the belief by some that it is exaggerated," 15 May 2020 For Lapidus, who lives alone, the days are long, with no time to spare for leisure activities. Chevaz Clarke, CBS News, "Hero by night: Moonlighting as an EMT on New York City's front lines," 14 May 2020 Another person sent one to her mother who lives alone. oregonlive, "10 ways to calm people and pets during a pandemic: Oregon-made SmileyHugs comfort," 12 May 2020 Sociology professor Stacy Torres studied this habit among elderly people living alone in New York city. Lauren Kent, CNN, "The science of gossip (and why everyone does it)," 11 May 2020 Particularly for senior citizens or folks who might be living alone during this period of staying at home? Peggy O’hare, ExpressNews.com, "COVID-19 has altered church, religious services, but worship still offers comfort amid coronavirus," 7 May 2020 Ashely Benson, according to her Instagram story, seems to be living alone for the time being. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Cara Delevingne and Ashley Benson Have Reportedly Broken Up," 6 May 2020 Her two best girlfriends are both single and both live alone in small apartments. Author: Wayne And Wanda, Anchorage Daily News, "My girlfriend wants her two best friends to move in so we can ‘quaran-team’ together," 26 Apr. 2020 The answer, in part, is that black holes don’t live alone. Quanta Magazine, "Why Are Black Holes So Bright?," 22 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of alone

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for alone

Adjective

Middle English al-one, alone, allone, from al, all all entry 2 + one one entry 1

Adverb

Middle English, derivative of al-one, alone alone entry 1

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The first known use of alone was in the 13th century

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20 May 2020

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“Alone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alone. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for alone

alone

adjective
How to pronounce alone (audio)

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

alone

adverb

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

alone

adjective
\ 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.

alone

adverb

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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Adjective

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.

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