\ 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.

Other Words from alone


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

Synonyms & Antonyms for alone

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Adverb

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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Emilia, who is going by a pseudonym because her termination agreement includes a confidentiality clause, is not alone. Jane Thier, Fortune, 18 June 2022 That film isn’t alone—here are some of my favorite movies from the site’s roster, many of which were undistributed in theatres or grievously underreleased there. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 17 June 2022 On his third attempt, Petro is not alone on his promises to change the status quo, as his runoff rival, Hernández, also claims the label of outsider and disruptor. Stefano Pozzebon, CNN, 17 June 2022 Italy isn’t alone in pilot-testing this type of wireless-charging system. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 17 June 2022 The Herald cited two unnamed U.S. government sources as confirming Florida was alone in not placing a preorder, reporting that NBC News and other outlets have since confirmed. Caroline Catherman, Orlando Sentinel, 16 June 2022 Brewbaker is not alone in finding improvement with this approach, Bennett reported. Fox News, 16 June 2022 Political opponents, new and old Gray isn’t alone in his frustration with the Utah County attorney. Jessica Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 June 2022 The battery is not alone in hating heat: all the internals of any smartphone dislike warmth. PCMAG, 13 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb In a change from the outgoing model, the infotainment screen has moved to a stand-alone position near the top of the dash. Jack Fitzgerald, Car and Driver, 22 June 2022 Unscented and available in triple packs, reusable pads are a great backup or stand-alone period product, depending on your flow. Sara Coughlin, SELF, 22 June 2022 Wear it alone or under makeup to reveal a healthy skin glow. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, 21 June 2022 Kellogg expects its snacks operation, relative to the legacy company, to expand even faster, helping to explain why investors might view the snacks business as an even more valuable stand-alone company. Washington Post, 21 June 2022 Consumers are migrating away from stand-alone linear TV and have adopted streaming, on-demand video that might be watched on a service like Netflix or Paramount+, or via YouTube or a network’s own offerings. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 21 June 2022 The non-profit leaders participating were CEOs of stand-alone organizations that are part of a national federation. Liz Guthridge, Forbes, 21 June 2022 The company's news release talked of reshaping the portfolio, significant stand-alone potential and positioning for a new era of innovation and growth. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 21 June 2022 Kathy’s passing left David Fahey to stand alone against criminal allegations of using handcuffs, leg irons and cloth restraints on a 14-year-old boy who ran away about a half dozen times. Johnny Edwards, ajc, 17 June 2022 See More

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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


Middle English al-one, alone, allone, from al, all all entry 2 + one one entry 1


Middle English, derivative of al-one, alone alone entry 1

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“Alone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for alone


\ 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.

Choose the Right Synonym for 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.

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