\ ˈlōn \

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 \ 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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The photo features a single lone red-light emanating from the toilet in an otherwise dark room. Margaret Lin, Curbed, "This meme page curates the best of the internet’s ‘spooky toilets’," 5 Oct. 2018 The Mariners’ lone run against Padres starter Jacob Nix came in the ninth inning with one out. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Mariners get nixed in frustrating loss to San Diego," 28 Aug. 2018 Police barricades were empty, a lone man in an orange Arc’Teryx jacket stood with a fistful of bands. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Palace x Polo Ralph Lauren’s Collab Arrived Today With a Civilized Drop in New York," 9 Nov. 2018 UCF Conference: American Athletic Notes: UCF owns a 13-game winning streak after ending last season as the lone unbeaten FBS team. Steve Megargee, The Seattle Times, "UCF seeks to deliver encore performance with new coach," 6 Aug. 2018 The lone survivor of that cohort, Mr. Kelleher, is older than his boss and unlikely to succeed him. Liz Hoffman, WSJ, "Morgan Stanley Elevates CEO Contender," 10 July 2018 The boy, then 5, was the lone survivor and he was taken in by relatives in Miami who enlisted Kavanaugh’s help to keep Elian in America. Wayne K. Roustan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has worked on high-profile South Florida cases," 10 July 2018 In the series, Jessica Green plays Talon, the lone survivor of a race called Blackbloods. Mary Cadden, USA TODAY, "Week in entertainment: Charlie Puth on tour; 'Skyscraper' opens," 7 July 2018 Steve and Celeste met the lone survivor, Brendan McDonough, and took comfort in his apparent peace. Alden Woods, azcentral, "Granite Mountain Hotshots: Five years on, Dustin DeFord's family finds peace in faith," 29 June 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

: not having a partner (such as a husband or wife)


\ ˈlōn \

Kids Definition of lone

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

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