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.

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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 But President Biden and other country leaders are not alone in tackling the climate crisis. CNN, "5 ways businesses can be more aggressive about climate change," 22 Apr. 2021 But Yum isn't alone, with other companies also opting to award generous rewards despite their financial struggles. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, "CEOs are getting paid bonuses like there was no pandemic," 22 Apr. 2021 On the surface the pair preside over a large, bustling family, but when the two are alone, there seems to be very little to say. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Building Love from Bad News," 22 Apr. 2021 But Europe is no longer alone in pushing for tougher oversight. BostonGlobe.com, "Europe proposes strict regulation of artificial intelligence," 21 Apr. 2021 Tile is not alone in its criticism of Apple’s business practices. Washington Post, "Tile will accuse Apple of tactics it alleges are bullying, a day after iPhone giant unveiled a competing product," 21 Apr. 2021 But Europe is no longer alone in pushing for tougher oversight. Adam Satariano, New York Times, "Europe Proposes Strict Rules for Artificial Intelligence," 21 Apr. 2021 Journalist Maury Terry was dead-set on proving David Berkowitz had not been alone in committing the serial killings of the 1970s in New York City. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "Coming to Netflix in May: Amy Adams' 'Woman in the Window' thriller, 'Selena' Part 2 debut," 21 Apr. 2021 And Indiana isn't alone; the rare spring snow is touching a large swath of the country, from the Rockies to New England. Rashika Jaipuriar, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana weather: Rare spring snow and freezing temperatures expected this week," 20 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Whoopi Goldberg’s ideal night of rest and self-care involves wandering around her house and being left alone. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "What Whoopi Goldberg Does While Everyone Else Is Sleeping," 22 Apr. 2021 Despite being left nearly alone, Pérez — the competition’s supposed first chairman — said late Wednesday that the idea was not dead, but rather on standby. Joseph Wilson, ajc, "Barcelona maintains support of Super League despite backlash," 22 Apr. 2021 Meanwhile, the almost entirely blank, windowless wall of the Whitacre tower is left alone, facing the plaza. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, "With AT&T’s $100 million Discovery District, Dallas gets a mini Times Square," 21 Apr. 2021 The timid daughter of Mother Moon, Celeste becomes frightened when the sun disappears one day, but her mom is too busy overseeing the world, so Celeste is left alone in the dark. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Blindspot’s ‘Lit’ is charming, creative musical for kids," 20 Apr. 2021 In the first four months of 2021 alone, at least Oregon businesses were fined a total of more than $275,000 for violations of the temporary rules. Carly Ortiz-lytle, Washington Examiner, "Efforts to make Oregon's coronavirus rules permanent met with fierce opposition," 18 Apr. 2021 After the Gopher closed about 2 a.m., Johnson was separated from his colleagues and left the bar alone. Kevin Rector, Los Angeles Times, "LAPD detective involved in drunken shooting on skid row challenges 55-day suspension," 15 Apr. 2021 Los Angeles managed to score first for just the second time in seven meetings against San Jose this season when Iafallo was left alone in front to redirect a centering pass from Dustin Brown past Jones. Josh Dubow, Star Tribune, "Martin Jones makes 32 saves to lead Sharks past Kings 5-2," 10 Apr. 2021 For tomato production alone, a Smartkas greenhouse uses about 5% of the water needed in traditional farming. Eliza Haverstock, Forbes, "30 Under 30 Europe 2021: Constructing A More Sustainable Future," 8 Apr. 2021

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

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25 Apr 2021

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“Alone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alone. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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 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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