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

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 Laurent Pichon, another French rider with Fortuneo-Samsic, then also got away alone for a spell. New York Times, "Longest Stage of the Tour de France Is Actually a Chance to Relax," 13 July 2018 Forbes estimates the brand alone — which Jenner maintains sole ownership of — is worth nearly $800 million. Jodi Guglielmi, PEOPLE.com, "Kylie Jenner: Someone Started a GoFundMe to Raise the $100M She Needs to Become a Billionaire," 12 July 2018 Conspiracy to commit wire fraud alone carries a potential 20-year prison sentence. Fox News, "Jury convicts key players in corruption case linked to Cuomo's 'Buffalo Billion' program," 12 July 2018 The England-Croatia duel Wednesday drew 26.6 million viewers in England, alone. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "Enjoy a little World Cup fever Fox Valley-style with soccer fans from around the globe," 12 July 2018 That addition alone could cost an estimated $225,000, Bevel told trustees. Shelby Webb, Houston Chronicle, "Santa Fe ISD trustees to vote on high school security upgrades," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The water and sewer company with about 30,000 customers in the San Tan Valley area has faced hundreds of complaints from customers this year alone, including for low water pressure that forced at least one school to flush toilets with bottled water. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "Judge slams Johnson Utilities' service, says company needs an emergency manager," 12 July 2018 The remainder are still detained alone, the vast majority at the Port Isabel detention center near Brownsville. Lomi Kriel, San Antonio Express-News, "Half of migrants under 5 reunited with parents, though rest remain ‘ineligible’," 12 July 2018 Pinterest went on to share that in the UK alone, saves for terra-cotta have increased by 95% in just the past six months. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "WATCH: The Hottest Color on Pinterest Right Now is Hardly New," 11 July 2018 Change expected after order Experts said the shift in prosecutions is to be expected, given the policy change: Mexicans make up a majority of Border Patrol apprehensions of people traveling alone. Brad Heath, azcentral, "Mexicans a bigger share of border prosecutions since Trump ended family separations," 10 July 2018 Tens of thousands of Central American migrants traveling with children — as well as children traveling alone — are caught on the Mexican border each year. Elliot Spagat, Time, "California Judge Orders Immigrant Families to Be Reunited Within 30 Days," 27 June 2018 Tens of thousands of Central American migrants traveling with children — as well as children traveling alone — are caught on the Mexican border each year. Michael Balsamo, The Seattle Times, "States sue to pressure Trump to reunite immigrant families," 26 June 2018 By law, child migrants traveling alone must be sent to facilities run by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services within three days of being detained. Fox News, "Teen missing after walking out of migrant center in Texas," 25 June 2018 The day after Cara Knott’s body was found, a TV reporter asked to talk to a CHP officer about how women could protect themselves when traveling alone at night. Teri Figueroa, latimes.com, "30 years ago, a CHP officer was convicted of murdering a 20-year-old woman. The case still resonates," 24 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

aloisiite

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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