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Definition of one

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : being a single unit or thing one day at a time She is one year old.
2a : being one in particular early one morning The Grand Canyon is one place I'd like to visit.
b : being preeminently what is indicated one fine person She is one tough teacher.
3a : being the same in kind or quality both of one species "Puma" and "cougar" are different names for one animal.
b(1) : constituting a unified entity of two or more components The combined elements form one substance.
(2) : being in agreement or union am one with you on this
4a : some sense 1 will see you again one day
b : being a certain individual specified by name one John Doe made a speech
5 : only sense 2a the one person she wanted to marry

one

noun

Definition of one (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : the first whole number above zero — see Table of Numbers
2 : the number denoting unity
3a : the first in a set or series often used with an attributive nounday one
b : an article of clothing of a size designated one wears a one
4 : a single person or thing has the one but needs the other
5 : a one-dollar bill
at one
: at harmony : in a state of agreement
for one
: as one example I for one disagree

Definition of one (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : a certain indefinitely indicated person or thing saw one of his friends
2a : an individual of a vaguely indicated group : anyone at all one never knows
b used as a third person substitute for a first person pronounI'd like to read more but one doesn't have the time.
3 : a single instance of a specified action felt like belting him one— John Casey

Definition of -one (Entry 4 of 4)

: ketone or related or analogous compound or class of compounds lactone quinone

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Synonyms for one

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

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Using One as a Pronoun: Usage Guide

Pronoun

Sense 2a is usually a sign of a formal style. A formal style excludes the participation of the reader or hearer; thus one is used where a less formal style might address the reader directly. for the consequences of such choices, one has only oneself to thank — Walker Gibson This generic one has never been common in informal use in either British or American English, and people who start sentences with one often shift to another pronoun more natural to casual discourse. when one is learning the river, he is not allowed to do or think about anything else — Mark Twain Use of one to replace a first-person pronoun—sense 2b—has occasionally been criticized. It is more common in British English than in American. I'm watching this pretty carefully and I hope that the issue will come up in the Lords and one may be able to speak about it — Donald Coggan

Examples of one in a Sentence

Adjective There is one minute left in the game. I have a few one-dollar bills in my purse. She is one year old. Noun one, two, three, four, … I don't have any ones. Can you break a five? I'll be there at one. Pronoun “I'll have an iced tea, please.” “I'll have one, too.” Their dog died, but they plan to get another one. “You should wear the blue one.” “The one with the stripes?” “No, the other one.” I'd like to see the ring next to that one. Which one did you like better? He is the one who called the police. That's one possible answer—but not the only one. I would like to read more, but one doesn't have the time.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Drinkwater didn't make one appearance in a Chelsea shirt last season, whilst Bakayoko spent the season in Italy on loan at AC Milan. SI.com, "Chelsea Set to Entertain Offers for Out of Favour Midfield Pair Ahead of Transfer Deadline," 3 Aug. 2019 Decisions made by engineers today, in other words, will determine not how one car drives but how all cars drive. Johannes Himmelreich, BostonGlobe.com, "The everyday moral challenges of self-driving cars," 30 Mar. 2018 Decisions made by engineers today, in other words, will determine not how one car drives but how all cars drive. Johannes Himmelreich, Smithsonian, "The Ethical Challenges Self-Driving Cars Will Face Every Day," 27 Mar. 2018 Drinkwater didn't make one appearance in a Chelsea shirt last season, whilst Bakayoko spent the season in Italy on loan at AC Milan. SI.com, "Chelsea Set to Entertain Offers for Out of Favour Midfield Pair Ahead of Transfer Deadline," 3 Aug. 2019 Decisions made by engineers today, in other words, will determine not how one car drives but how all cars drive. Johannes Himmelreich, BostonGlobe.com, "The everyday moral challenges of self-driving cars," 30 Mar. 2018 Decisions made by engineers today, in other words, will determine not how one car drives but how all cars drive. Johannes Himmelreich, BostonGlobe.com, "The everyday moral challenges of self-driving cars," 30 Mar. 2018 Decisions made by engineers today, in other words, will determine not how one car drives but how all cars drive. Johannes Himmelreich, BostonGlobe.com, "The everyday moral challenges of self-driving cars," 30 Mar. 2018 Decisions made by engineers today, in other words, will determine not how one car drives but how all cars drive. Johannes Himmelreich, BostonGlobe.com, "The everyday moral challenges of self-driving cars," 30 Mar. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun From big cities like New York to smaller ones like Birmingham, Ala., restaurants have been forced to close their dining rooms; many have simply shuttered, while others are relying on takeout and delivery. New York Times, "Independent Restaurants Brace for the Unknown," 20 Mar. 2020 And although 35 states ban having big cats as pets, each one has different exemptions and varying levels of regulation and enforcement. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "The Wild Story Behind Netflix’s New Docuseries Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness," 20 Mar. 2020 Powell’s sidekick in this one was senior guard Quincy McKnight, whose transfer from Sacred Heart two years ago got Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard suspended for part of this season. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "The 2020 NCAA tournament that could have been: A Sweet 16 for Michigan State basketball?," 20 Mar. 2020 This isn’t a political decision like the standoffs that have taken place between governments, ones that sacrificed the dreams of Olympic athletes on the altar of dogmatic differences. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus makes 2020 Tokyo Olympics seem impossible. So why the inaction?," 20 Mar. 2020 Has there ever been a Friday more TGIF than this one? Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, ExpressNews.com, "The New Normal: New meaning to TGIF amid coronavirus pandemic," 20 Mar. 2020 Take the time to discuss this with loved ones, and don't be afraid to ask for direction. BostonGlobe.com, "Horoscope," 20 Mar. 2020 Bad money drives good money out of circulation and into safe-deposit boxes, a fundamental truth worth remembering even if your bank account consists of nothing but digital ones and zeros. James Grant, WSJ, "‘Gresham’s Law’ Review: Queen Elizabeth’s Banker," 20 Mar. 2020 But perhaps the most significant and long-term valuable argument Sanders made—and one that seems horribly relevant now—was advocating for generous and universal, not means-tested, government programs. Libby Watson, The New Republic, "The Left Is Bigger Than Bernie Sanders," 20 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of one

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Pronoun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for one

Adjective, Noun, and Pronoun

Middle English on, an, from Old English ān; akin to Old High German ein one, Latin unus (Old Latin oinos), Sanskrit eka

Noun suffix

International Scientific Vocabulary, alteration of -ene

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Time Traveler for one

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The first known use of one was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“One.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/one. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of one

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: having the value of 1
used to refer to a single person or thing
used before a noun to indicate that someone or something is part of a group of similar people or things

one

noun

English Language Learners Definition of one (Entry 2 of 3)

: the number 1
US : a one-dollar bill
: one o'clock

English Language Learners Definition of one (Entry 3 of 3)

: that person or thing
: someone or something that is a part of a particular group
somewhat formal : people in general : any person
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Kids Definition of one

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : being a single unit or thing There's one catch.
2 : being a certain unit or thing He arrived early one morning.
3 : being the same in kind or quality All the members of one class will sit together.
4 : not specified We'll meet again one day.

one

noun

Kids Definition of one (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : the number denoting a single unit : 1
2 : the first in a set or series
3 : a single person or thing

Kids Definition of one (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a single member or individual I met one of your friends.
2 : any person One never knows what will happen.

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