alone

adjective
\ə-ˈlōn \

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 \-​ˈlōn-​nəs \ 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

accompanied

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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

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.

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

Your best bet is to soak it with water and leave it alone for at least 20 minutes. Joshua Trudell, ajc, "10 ways to enjoy Fourth of July fireworks safely," 27 June 2018 On Tuesday, Discord announced that its curated PC game store and enhanced Nitro game subscription service is available to all 150 million of its users in beta form, after debuting in Canada alone in August. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Watch out, Steam? Discord's Store and Nitro game subscription launches worldwide," 16 Oct. 2018 Schumer is surely not alone among Democrats in his fondness for retaining the Senate’s antiquated supermajority requirement. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Chuck Schumer Is Secretly Sabotaging the Next Democratic President," 28 June 2018 Facebook was not alone in its efforts to use aircraft to offer internet access. Adam Satariano, New York Times, "Facebook Halts Aquila, Its Internet Drone Project," 27 June 2018 And the president getting in a fight with NATO, and the U.S. go it alone mentality is not going to win us any new friends. Fox News, "Gowdy to Schiff: GOP doesn't give a damn what you think," 6 July 2018 Annabel finds herself alone in Switzerland, left to discover the stash of explosive information compiled and hidden by her husband. Steph Cha, USA TODAY, "Smart women get caught up in deadly intrigue in page-turning 'The Banker's Wife'," 2 July 2018 Democrats won’t be going it alone financially this fall: Billionaire Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of Trump’s hometown of New York, has vowed to spend $80 million or more of his own money to help flip control of the House. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "How Melania Trump’s Jacket Inadvertently Raised Money for Democrats," 25 June 2018 Her father left before she was born, leaving her mother to raise her alone in a family that viewed her as cursed, by turns shunning her and subjecting her to beatings. Author: Shashank Bengali, Anchorage Daily News, "In India, ‘child marriage is like a disease’," 24 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

If Mark Zuckerberg is left alone without a board, that is gonna make life very difficult for him. Eric Johnson, Recode, "It’s time for Facebook’s board to step up," 23 Nov. 2018 The Inland Empire is far from alone in feeling the effects of this industry’s rapid expansion. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Your online shopping is polluting this small town," 20 Nov. 2018 For the House alone, 235 women are major-party nominees. Maira Kalman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Talks Her New Book and Praises Daring Women," 24 Oct. 2018 That alone was the most terrifying part of the project, going up 25 floors into the air in those construction elevators with myself and my assistant and 15 or 20 other construction workers. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "This Is What a Dream Apartment by Neiman Marcus's Ken Downing Looks Like," 15 Oct. 2018 But that alone doesn’t account for its staying power. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "Not So Fast," 24 Sep. 2018 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot back in May in a ceremony that was watched by just over 29 million people in the United States alone. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Why Not Everyone’s Excited About Princess Eugenie’s Upcoming Wedding," 11 Sep. 2018 Each year, automobiles produce 246 million waste tires in the United States alone. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "Our Waste Tire Problem Is Getting Worse," 14 Aug. 2018 Never leave children alone when near pools or other bodies of water. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Bode and Morgan Miller Open Up About Their Daughter’s Drowning Accident in New Interview," 30 July 2018

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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, from al all + one one

Adverb

see alone entry 1

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Dictionary Entries near alone

aloisiite

aloma

Alombrado

alone

alonely

alone time

along

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alone

adjective

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 \

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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