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alone

adjective

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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 not being in the company of others
  • no one realized the boy was alone in his room so they all left for the movies without him

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2 being the one or ones of a class with no other members
  • he is alone among the actors of his generation in his exceptional ability to play both comedic and serious parts

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alone

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1 without aid or support
  • completely new to the big city, she nevertheless managed to find her way home alone

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2 for nothing other than
  • would willingly play professional baseball for the sheer enjoyment alone

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Adjective

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

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The first known use of alone was in the 13th century

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“Alone.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/alone. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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