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 alone (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 Ohio State wasn’t alone in being wowed by Smith’s dazzling performance. Laine Higgins, WSJ, "Alabama Rolls Past Ohio State to Win the National Championship," 12 Jan. 2021 But the state is not alone in struggling with a plan to target the most vulnerable or most essential members of society. al, "Vaccines in Alabama slowed by reluctant medical workers, hospital bottlenecks," 12 Jan. 2021 Mobileye is not alone in its pursuit of shrinking down lidar in both size and cost; companies like Aeva and Voyant Photonics have developed their own systems as well. Brian Barrett, Wired, "Mobileye Puts Lidar on a Chip—and Helps Map Intel's Future," 11 Jan. 2021 Sadly, Maiken is not alone and the recourse for anyone who finds themselves in her situation is limited. Vicky Spratt, refinery29.com, "My iCloud Was Hacked & I’m Being Harassed By People I’ve Never Met," 11 Jan. 2021 Ohio is not alone with its problems, with almost every state experiencing roadblocks in doling out the vaccine. cleveland, "With the state shirking vaccine planning to local governments, some are concerned if Ohio will be ready to ramp up shots," 10 Jan. 2021 Michigan isn't alone, though; nearby Ohio and Illinois have seen delays and disruption in play. Tyler J. Davis, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State commit Emoni Bates is almost eligible to reclassify. Here's what he is thinking," 10 Jan. 2021 While these options from Pantone are likely already finding themselves on hundreds of Pinterest boards and paint swatches, Pantone is not alone in choosing a color of the year. Danielle Harling, House Beautiful, "RoomMates Decor Embraces Optimism With Its Green Aloe Pick for Color of the Year," 10 Jan. 2021 Canadian leaders aren’t alone in misreading public tolerance. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why Canadians are fuming at footloose politicians," 8 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Illinois lawmakers had the support to ban schools from locking students alone in a room or physically restraining them face down. Jennifer Smith Richards, ProPublica, "Bill Banning Locked Seclusion and Face-Down Restraints in Illinois Schools Stalls as Lawmakers Run Out of Time," 14 Jan. 2021 But impeachment alone won’t prevent Trump from seeking office in the future. Jessica Gresko, BostonGlobe.com, "Explainer: Barring Trump from holding office again," 14 Jan. 2021 Historians will spend decades parsing the tragic from the ridiculous over the first few weeks of 2021, and many books will be written about the Capitol insurrection alone—perhaps the world’s first cosplayed revolution. Chris Cannon, The New Republic, "The War on Terror Only Created More Terror in America," 14 Jan. 2021 Humans are hardwired to respond to visual images, which capture our attention and burn in our memory far more vividly than text alone. Brit Trogen, The Atlantic, "Go Ahead, Share Your Vaccine Selfie," 14 Jan. 2021 Walker’s 17 career rushing touchdowns alone are more than MSU got from all of its running backs since 2018. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football must score — a lot more — to climb to top of Big Ten," 13 Jan. 2021 Boeckxstaens is exploring that question now, studying whether in mice, stress alone can induce a similar immune cascade in the gut. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, "What causes IBS pain? It may be a local immune reaction," 13 Jan. 2021 Esperion isn’t alone giving a PCSK9 pill another shot. Damian Garde, STAT, "What if a pill could lower cholesterol like pricey injectables? Esperion intends to find out," 13 Jan. 2021 The state isn’t alone this year in the conflict surrounding affirmative action. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "California voters failed to repeal ban on affirmative action. What signal does that send the rest of the nation?," 30 Dec. 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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Last Updated

19 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Alone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alone. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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