\ 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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Duke’s Cam Reddish won’t work out after having surgery on a core muscle that limited him during his lone college season, but the Cavs would like to meet with him in person once more prior to June 20. Chris Fedor, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Cavaliers held private workout, had dinner with Jarrett Culver on Monday, sources say," 11 June 2019 In the courtyard, a half dozen customers waited in the shade of a lone palm tree to catch a glimpse of their merchandise. Rowan Moore Gerety, Harper's magazine, "Downstream," 10 June 2019 The lone loss came against Duke in the regional final at Bridgeport, Connecticut in 2006. Doug Feinberg, The Seattle Times, "Dangerfield helps UConn beat UCLA 69-61 in Sweet 16," 29 Mar. 2019 Authorities say two victims in a shooting at a suburban Indianapolis school are being taken to a hospital and the lone suspect is in custody. Joy Resmovits, latimes.com, "The USC gynecologist scandal, unions battle Austin Beutner, a message for Betsy DeVos: What's new in education," 25 May 2018 The lone dissenter was Republican commissioner Chris Monzel. Scott Wartman, Cincinnati.com, "Anti-sales tax petition drive gets a surprise guest: Todd Portune," 3 July 2018 Trustee Gary Feest was the lone dissenter, and one of only two board members to speak before the vote. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Village of Mount Pleasant declares Foxconn area as blighted, may use eminent domain to take properties," 5 June 2018 Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor were the lone dissenters in today’s decision, objecting to the Supreme Court favoring the baker. Mackenzie Long, Teen Vogue, "The Supreme Court Sided With a Baker Who Didn’t Want to Bake a Gay Wedding Cake," 4 June 2018 Anderson was also the lone dissenter in a 12-1 vote by the Mayor's Financial Task Force in August 2016 recommending a merger with the county library system. Thomas Jewell, cleveland.com, "Shaker Heights voters narrowly approve local library levy," 9 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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