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alone

adjective \ ə-ˈlōn \

Definition of alone

1 :separated from others :isolated
  • was alone in the office
2 :exclusive of anyone or anything else :only
  • She alone knows what happened.
3 a :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.

aloneness

play \-ˈlōn-nəs\ noun

Examples of alone in a Sentence

  1. This wine goes well with food, but is also very good alone.

  2. I got him alone and asked him what had really happened.

  3. She lived alone for many years.

  4. She doesn't mind being alone because she never feels lonely.

  5. He was alone with his thoughts.

  6. He felt very alone when he went away to school.

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Origin and Etymology of alone

Middle English, from al all + one one

Synonym Discussion of alone

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

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alone

adverb

Definition of alone

1 :solely, exclusively
  • The blame is mine alone.
2 :without aid or support
  • He said he could do it alone.

Examples of alone in a Sentence

  1. The police believe the criminal acted alone.

  2. The price alone is enough to discourage people.

  3. The special effects alone make the movie worth seeing.

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Origin and Etymology of alone

see 1alone

alone Synonyms

Synonyms
independently, single-handed, single-handedly, singly, solely, unaided, unassisted, by one's own bootstraps, on one's own, on one's own hook, on one's own initiative
Related Words
individually, separately; solo
Near Antonyms
collectively, conjointly, cooperatively, hand in glove (or hand and glove), hand in hand, jointly, mutually, together; en masse


ALONE Defined for English Language Learners

alone

adjective

Definition of alone for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of alone for English Language Learners

  • : without help from anyone or anything else

  • : without another

  • : without including or needing anything more


ALONE Defined for Kids

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alone

adjective \ ə-ˈlōn \

Definition of alone for Students

1 :separated from others
2 :not including anyone or anything else
  • Food alone is not enough for health.

Synonym Discussion of alone

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.

Headscratcher for alone

Take away letters from the beginning of alone, and you'll find related words. If you are alone you are separate from others, or the lone person to do something, or the only one.


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alone

adverb

Definition of alone for Students

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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