\ 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.



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


aloneness \ -​ˈlōn-​nəs How to pronounce aloneness (audio) \ 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


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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


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


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.


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

The president would be better advised to leave him alone. The Economist, "Opponents of Turkey’s erratic president should try harder," 29 June 2019 Ruiz then put herself between her son and the assailant, asking him to leave them alone, the attorney said. Ryan Prior And Monica Haider, CNN, "A boy was bullied with anti-immigrant taunts. His mom was beaten when she defended him," 26 June 2019 Japan is not alone in its effort to contend with the contradictions of student smartphone use. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Earthquakes are making Japan think twice about banning smartphones in schools," 23 June 2019 From Karrueche Tran’s character Virginia bringing the sultry looks to Neichy Nash’s character Desna bringing boss vibes, the tv show has definitely made a name for itself alone with it’s wardrobe. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Claws Collaborated With Melody Ehsani Ahead Of Sunday Nights Premiere," 7 June 2019 The United States’ go-it-alone stance was underscored inadvertently by the crash of the Ethiopian Airlines plane the day before the assembly convened. Laura Parker, National Geographic, "The world agrees there's a plastic waste crisis—can it agree on a solution?," 25 Mar. 2019 This isn’t a perfect Tennessee team, and Kentucky enters the season as the stand alone favorite in the SEC. Michael Shapiro,, "Five Offseason Sleeper Teams That Could Make Noise in 2019–20," 14 June 2019 That leaves him standing alone among state attorneys general. Washington Post, "In opioid lawsuits, 1 state opts to stay on the sidelines," 12 June 2019 Say this: If the Warriors pull off this fourth championship in five years, the 2019 postseason chapter will stand alone for character and willpower. Bruce Jenkins,, "Warriors’ most important player? Game 3 shows why it might be Klay Thompson," 6 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Chachas isn’t alone in his discomfort with the state of the city’s streets. Sophia Kunthara,, "Famed SF retail store Gump’s is coming back. It may just not be in San Francisco.," 29 June 2019 West Virginia isn't alone in rolling out free tuition programs, a trend that has spread to 19 U.S. states during the past five years, according to a June report from progressive think tank Century Foundation. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "In West Virginia, free college -- after students pass a drug test," 28 June 2019 View Sample Sign Up Now Cohn’s friends aren’t alone. Patrick Lucas Austin, Time, "This New App Promises to Block Robocalls Forever. But Should We Have to Pay for That?," 27 June 2019 Ethiopia isn’t alone in facing the conundrum of federalism. Yohannes Gedamu, Quartz Africa, "The underlying tension behind Ethiopia’s flawed federal system and its risks," 26 June 2019 Senators are not alone in their embrace of Facebook pixels. Hamdan Azhar, WIRED, "Politicians Don't Trust Facebook—Unless They're Campaigning," 26 June 2019 Here is a searchable list by city (78 stations in Denver alone). John Meyer, The Know, "Heads up: Bike to Work Day is this week. Here’s where to find what will be out there.," 24 June 2019 Assuming an average price of $492, that would translate into a $72 tariff for the phones alone. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Trump tariffs on Chinese goods could cost you $120 more for notebook PCs, say Dell, HP and CTA," 20 June 2019 Standing alone on a wooden raft floating on a rough sea, viewers are surrounded by thunderstorms and melting glaciers. Vivienne Chow, Quartzy, "Artists are using virtual reality to convey the perils of climate change," 15 June 2019

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First Known Use of alone


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for alone

Adjective and Adverb

Middle English, from al all + one one

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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



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


\ 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.



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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