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.

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 Prince Andrew isn’t alone in being stripped of the HRH title, which is given at the queen’s discretion. Max Colchester, WSJ, 14 Jan. 2022 And HyperX wasn’t alone at CES in its bonkers battery claims. Lauren Goode, Wired, 14 Jan. 2022 But as correspondent David Pogue discovers, Shapiro is not alone in an obsession to collect rare and beautiful examples of vintage light bulbs. James Fallows, CBS News, 13 Jan. 2022 Russ was deemed completely healthy despite being alone for not only four months, but through fires and freezing weather. Sara Smart, CNN, 12 Jan. 2022 Sonoma County is not alone in asking its residents to reconsider gatherings for the next few weeks. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 11 Jan. 2022 Martin and the many other historians quoted in the film make clear that Arnold wasn’t alone in losing trust in the incipient American leadership. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, 10 Jan. 2022 McFadden is not alone in regularly rejecting prosecutors’ suggestions, though his reasoning may be different from others. Rachel Weiner, Tom Jackman And Spencer S. Hsu, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Jan. 2022 Mutu is not alone among contemporary artists in keeping the surrealist vein flowing. Sophie Madeline Dess, The Atlantic, 10 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Works as stand-alone and went great with salmon and vegetables. Marc Bona, cleveland, 16 Jan. 2022 Prior to the pandemic, Bollywood movie stars and singers would regularly host live promotional events for their films, glitzy award ceremonies, and stand-alone shows that were a source of income and connected them with their audiences. Biman Mukherji, Fortune, 15 Jan. 2022 After seven years baking and selling their wholesale breads out of an industrial park kitchen in Carlsbad, siblings Louie and Clinton Prager opened their first stand-alone Prager Bros. retail shops during the pandemic. San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Jan. 2022 The math is compelling based on the high valuations of stand-alone hydrogen electrolyzer businesses such as ITM Power and NEL. Rochelle Toplensky, WSJ, 13 Jan. 2022 The proof is in the numbers alone—and the staggering speed in which ATEEZ's millions of fans, called ATINY, help propel the boys to new milestones. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 12 Jan. 2022 In the ground-floor master suite, the master bath is classically designed with hexagonal marble floor tiles and a stand-alone shower with black and white ceramic tiling that rises all the way to the high ceiling. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, 12 Jan. 2022 Coming in at No. 2 on the Official Chart Update is David Bowie’s posthumous Toy (Toy Box), a stand-alone release of the late British artist’s scrapped 2000 album of the same name. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 11 Jan. 2022 As a stand-alone product, The Athletic will enable us to offer much more — extensive coverage for fans who seek a deep connection to and understanding of their favorite teams, leagues and players. Todd Spangler, Variety, 6 Jan. 2022

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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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Time Traveler for alone

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

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“Alone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alone. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for alone

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 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.

Choose the Right Synonym for alone

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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