\ 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

Unfortunately, Rachael's plea for the tabloids to leave her alone was ignored. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Rachael Ray and Her Husband John Cusimano Have Overcome So Much in Their Relationship," 19 Apr. 2019 Of course, Google is not alone in its efforts to build a game streaming platform. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Google is giving away Assassin’s Creed Odyssey for free if you demo Project Stream," 18 Dec. 2018 Taneja is not alone in not totally knowing what to make of Juul. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "What’s so wrong with Silicon Valley investing in sin?," 9 July 2018 Reuss was not alone in the car either, with manager of electronics of IndyCar Mark Sandy sitting in the passenger seat. George Stoia, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Grand Prix: GM exec wrecks pace car before Dual II start," 3 June 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

This summer, everyone will know your inner tube—or flamingo, or unicorn, or swan—belongs to you and you alone, banishing pool float thieves (those are thing, right?) for good. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "You Can Now Get Your Pool Floats Monogrammed—Yes, Really," 18 Mar. 2019 And that alone is weird enough, given we haven’t seen a proper Saints Row game in six years, but then the article went on to say that it’s being headed up by Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Razer is making a toaster, Sonic has human baby teeth," 3 May 2019 The mansion is decked out in a dramatic scheme of white paint and dark wood, and also has numerous private balconies alone the upper floors of the building. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Cher’s $48 Million Former Beverly Hills Mansion is for Sale," 2 May 2019 Boston Dynamics certainly isn't alone in building robots that seem ready to take their jobs—Amazon has held picking robot competitions for years. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Boston Dynamics New Handle Bot Seems Destined For Warehouses," 28 Mar. 2019 Beyond the trip being poorly timed, cost alone made this a pretty bad weekend to spa, Javanka! Kaylen Ralph, Teen Vogue, "Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner Are Spending Taxpayer Money on Security for Their Vacations," 14 Dec. 2018 In fact, two separate products were used on her lashes alone to give them the most glamorous look possible without any help from falsies. Marci Robin, Allure, "Charlize Theron’s Makeup Artist Used $60 Worth of Mascara to Give Her Mile-Long Lashes," 6 Apr. 2019 When Virginia guard Kyle Guy stepped to the foul line with 0.6 second left, an NCAA tournament’s worth of insanity had taken place in the prior five minutes alone. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Virginia Advances in NCAA Final Four to National Championship Game," 6 Apr. 2019 Some people still wonder whether James Earl Ray, the man who confessed to killing King in 1968 (and later recanted), acted alone or in concert with someone else, though authorities say the case is closed). Jenn M. Jackson, Teen Vogue, "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Died Because of Hatred. That Should Not Be Whitewashed," 4 Apr. 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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