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

Maqkwone was alone in a locked apartment at 1421 E. 67th Place when fire spread from back porches about 10:30 a.m. Sunday, according to police and fire officials. Rosemary Sobol, chicagotribune.com, "Judge works out deal to bring family together for funeral of boy who died in foster home fire," 13 July 2018 Wallace was alone, too, which probably enhanced his despair. Michael Ian Black, New York Times, "Cruises Are So Uncool They Are Cool," 3 July 2018 The increase of children who are alone and in need of care at the border is the product of a new Trump administration policy that on May 7 began criminally prosecuting all adult migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border between ports of entry. Jacob Soboroff, NBC News, "Trump admin will house migrant kids in tents in Tornillo, Texas," 14 June 2018 Firms like Royal Dutch Shell Plc are bemoaning the erosion of shareholder value from the go-it-alone mentality during the $200 billion splurge on Australian LNG projects over the past decade. Dan Murtaugh, Bloomberg.com, "Gas `Spaghetti' Past Prompts Australian Teamwork to Cut Costs," 16 May 2018 According to The Texas Tribune, minors have had to face deportation alone prior to these recent cases. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "Attorneys Say Immigrant Toddlers Are Facing Deportation Proceedings Without Their Parents," 28 June 2018 Researchers said that driving speed alone accounts for nearly half of the earnings discrepancy. Author: Miranda Moore, Anchorage Daily News, "One reason for Uber’s gender pay gap: Men drive faster," 10 July 2018 Researchers said that driving speed alone accounts for nearly half the earnings discrepancy. Washington Post, latimes.com, "Study of Uber drivers finds men earn more than women — for three key reasons," 9 July 2018 Eni alone plans to invest more than $10bn in Egypt by 2022. The Economist, "Egypt is optimistic about new gas discoveries in the Mediterranean," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

But countries near Russia aren’t alone in feeling vulnerable, said a Baltic diplomat. Robert Wall, WSJ, "Trump Fuels Anxiety in Europe Over Security," 13 July 2018 The district is not alone in launching a new schedule. Diane Smith, star-telegram, "Hey, Fort Worth students, do you know what time classes start next school year?," 13 July 2018 To continue reading this story, TRY IT NOW But jaw-dropping measurables —Bamba’s wingspans is 7-foot-10 wingspan — alone do not make a great, or even a serviceable, pro. San Antonio Express-News, "The Bamba Project is still in early stages," 11 July 2018 Of course, Donna is hardly alone in her descent into antiquity. Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, "Destined to be dowdy forever? The difficulty of being named 'Donna' in 2018," 7 July 2018 Charismatic, angry men who hover on the fringes of offices and parties, waiting until bright, young women who are new to town are alone. Caitlin Moran, The Cut, "How to Tell the Bad Men From the Good Men," 5 July 2018 The Massachusetts correctional system isn’t alone in needlessly inflicting the misery of opioid withdrawal on prisoners and putting them at risk of relapsing on heroin — the commonwealth’s actions reflect standard practice around the country. Brian Barnett, STAT, "Jails and prisons: the unmanned front in the battle against the opioid epidemic," 2 July 2018 In South Florida, Asson is hardly alone in his taste for cooked iguana. Ellie Rushing, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Chicken of the trees: Eating South Florida's iguanas," 29 June 2018 The same year, lightning killed 16 people in the U.S. alone. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "How To Start Surfing," 27 June 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

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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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