\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Junior guard Manase Mose is the lone player UNT has returning who was listed as a starter on its offensive line heading into its season finale against UAB. Brett Vito, Denton Record-Chronicle, "Breaking down North Texas' recruiting class: The Mean Green’s best signee, a dark horse, overall grade and more," 5 Feb. 2020 Polamalu was the lone player selected in his first year of eligibility. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "Troy Polamalu headlines Pro Football Hall of Fame's 2020 class," 1 Feb. 2020 LaVine is 12th in the NBA in scoring, and the lone players ahead of him who are not All-Stars (Beal and Booker) are on our list of snubs. Gary Washburn, BostonGlobe.com, "Kobe Bryant came as close to being Michael Jordan as anyone ever has," 1 Feb. 2020 Payton Pritchard is the lone player still on the roster from Oregon’s Final Four team. oregonlive, "Oregon basketball mourns Kobe Bryant, who visited Ducks during 2017 Final Four," 27 Jan. 2020 Injury report: Running back Tevin Coleman (shoulder) was the lone player to carry an injury status on the 49ers’ game status report. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "49ers’ Kyle Shanahan: ‘If we had to play Sunday, we’d be ready’," 24 Jan. 2020 Among the many merchants peddling tomatoes, onions and other mainstays of the traditional American dinner table, Mrs. Caplan was for many years the lone woman. Washington Post, "Frieda Caplan, ‘Kiwi Queen’ who brought a touch of the exotic to the American fruit basket, dies at 96," 24 Jan. 2020 The lone player from Arizona to do so is junior running back J.J. Taylor. Michelle Gardner, azcentral, "Benjamin, Turk, Taylor among Pac-12 players declaring for NFL draft," 21 Jan. 2020 Desmond Bane went 4-8 for 13 points and was the lone player for the Frogs that shot 50 percent. Grant Mcgalliard, Dallas News, "3 takeaways: TCU blown out by West Virginia in first Big 12 loss," 14 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of lone was in the 14th century

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9 Feb 2020

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“Lone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lone. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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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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