\ 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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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

Going it alone On the opposite end of the spectrum, Starbreeze ducked out of a publishing deal this week, selling the rights to System Shock 3 back to OtherSide Entertainment. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Hollow Knight gets a sequel, Neill Blomkamp makes a live-action Anthem trailer," 15 Feb. 2019 One evening Rose Kennedy invited her to take a walk on the beach, not wanting to leave her alone. Sam Kashner And Nancy Schoenberger, Town & Country, "How Jackie Kennedy and Lee Radziwill Found Careers and Happiness in the 1970s," 13 Aug. 2018 Jessica Jones’ Jessica Jones, played by a bitingly funny and emotionally raw Krysten Ritter, doesn’t even want to be a hero, but her past won’t leave her alone. USA TODAY, "The 5 best female superhero stories to binge-watch in honor of "Ant-Man and the Wasp"," 9 July 2018 Give us something to hit, drive, grill, grind, paint, hammer or fix, then leave us alone. Chris Erskine,, "For Father's Day, all we want is a good old game of catch," 15 June 2018 Before that, humans left them alone — nothing good could come from attacking them. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "'Mountain' scales great visual heights," 31 May 2018 For reasons that are a little vague, one of the Autobots, a (respectively) little yellow dude named B-127 finds himself alone on the quiet planet of Earth, with a mission to protect the planet’s inhabitants from the Decepticons. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Bumblebee is basically E.T., but with a Transformer. It’s delightful!," 18 Dec. 2018 Don't: Ask for Opinions Don't let the opinions of friends and family guide your hairstyle—wearing it up, down, in a twist, or in a bun is up to you alone, with the guidance and expertise of your wedding day hairstylist. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Avoid the 10 Biggest Hair Mistakes Brides Make," 13 Dec. 2018 And the Four Seasons, the immaculate cafeteria that begat the so-retro-as-to-seem-quaint Power Lunch, was his alone. Mark Lamster, Curbed, "Arbiter of taste, enfant terrible: The best and worst of Philip Johnson," 6 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Hawaiian isn't alone in introducing basic economy fares. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hawaiian Airlines to Fly Basic Economy in 2019," 14 Dec. 2018 Malik is not alone in his unabashed love of man cleavage. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Zayn Malik Takes a Page Out of Harry Styles’s Playbook," 13 Dec. 2018 Though this is the first lawsuit over Fortnite's use of existing dance moves, Milly isn't alone in complaining publicly about the practice. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Rapper sues Epic Games over “unauthorized” Fortnite dance use," 6 Dec. 2018 Victoria says that the Jaimes aren’t alone; a number of Bloomington residents moved there from the LA area in search of a quieter lifestyle. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Your online shopping is polluting this small town," 20 Nov. 2018 And Millennials are not alone in their love of the microwave to heat and eat snacks. Zoya Gervis, Fox News, "Majority of Americans no longer eat 3 meals a day, study finds," 27 Sep. 2018 Steve Rodgers would probably recognize and appreciate something that seems familiar: These trainees are here to learn how to operate their bodies like machines, but the choice to accept that discipline is theirs alone. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "What Happened When I Trained With Air Force Human Performance Specialists," 12 Feb. 2019 Happily, those working to address climate change are not alone. David Roberts, Vox, "The case for “conditional optimism” on climate change," 29 Jan. 2019 This book comes along and tells you you’re not alone. Eileen Reslen, Town & Country, "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret By Judy Blume Will Be Made Into a Movie," 18 Oct. 2018

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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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