\ ˈlōn How to pronounce lone (audio) \

Definition of lone

1a : having no company : solitary
b : preferring solitude
2 : only, sole
3 : situated by itself : isolated

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Other Words from lone

loneness \ ˈlōn-​nəs How to pronounce loneness (audio) \ noun

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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 lone in a Sentence

the lone ripe apple in the entire bag just one lone cow in the middle of the field

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Now my mom lives alone, but just because the daily parenting chores are over you never stop being a lone parent. Nicola Prentis, Good Housekeeping, "To My Single Mom: You Had It Way Harder Than I Realized Growing Up," 26 Mar. 2019 The lone skier with more wins is male skier Ingemar Stenmark, from Sweden, with 86. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Lindsey Vonn Is Ready for Her Next Race—Life," 8 Mar. 2019 Young, 85, has held Alaska’s lone House seat since 1973. Becky Bohrer, The Seattle Times, "US Rep Young in debate likens migrant caravan to invasion," 26 Oct. 2018 In the race for North Dakota’s lone House seat (the seat Cramer is vacating to run for Senate), Republican Kelly Armstrong (48 percent) leads Democrat Mac Schneider (34 percent) by 14 points. Dana Blanton, Fox News, "Fox News Poll: Republican challenger ahead in North Dakota Senate race," 12 Sep. 2018 The lone hits were Raboin’s homer and an Andrew Trinh single just before the roundtripper. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "League City Red ekes out Section Pony crown over League City White," 3 July 2018 The lone Republican Ludwig's seat on the City Council opened up when longtime member David Eberle moved to Garden City. Sven Berg, idahostatesman, "Critics dislike his proposed high-rises. But colleagues like this Boise councilman," 12 June 2018 Their lone extra-base hit was a one-out triple in the third by Jorge Alfaro. Matt Breen, Philly.com, "Phillies waste Vince Velasquez gem, get shut out by Giants for second straight night," 3 June 2018 State Auditor Matt Rosendale, who previously ran statewide for Montana's lone House seat, is Washington's leading bet to emerge as the nominee. Jonathan Allen /, NBC News, "Meet the senator atop Trump's target list," 6 May 2018

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First Known Use of lone

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for lone

Middle English, short for alone

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English Language Learners Definition of lone

: standing, acting, or being alone
British : not having a partner (such as a husband or wife)


\ ˈlōn How to pronounce lone (audio) \

Kids Definition of lone

1 : having no companion a lone traveler
2 : situated by itself a lone outpost

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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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