alone

adjective
\ ə-ˈlōn How to pronounce alone (audio) \

Definition of alone

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : separated from others : isolated was alone in the office
2 : exclusive of anyone or anything else : only She alone knows what happened.
3a : considered without reference to any other The children alone would eat that much.
b : incomparable, unique They are alone among their contemporaries in this respect.

alone

adverb

Definition of alone (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : solely, exclusively The blame is mine alone.
2 : without aid or support He said he could do it alone.

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Other Words from alone

Adjective

aloneness \ ə-​ˈlōn-​nəs How to pronounce alone (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for alone

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Adverb

Antonyms: Adjective

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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

Examples of alone in a Sentence

Adjective This wine goes well with food, but is also very good alone. I got him alone and asked him what had really happened. She lived alone for many years. She doesn't mind being alone because she never feels lonely. He was alone with his thoughts. He felt very alone when he went away to school. Adverb The police believe the criminal acted alone. The price alone is enough to discourage people. The special effects alone make the movie worth seeing.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Miami Dolphins are alone atop the AFC East after beating the New England Patriots for the third time in the teams' last four meetings. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 13 Sep. 2021 Juan Nieves is no longer alone in the Milwaukee Brewers’ record books. Andrew Wagner, Forbes, 12 Sep. 2021 In a cruel twist of fate, Arnel happens not to be alone when his assassins find him, and eight people in total, mostly newspaper staffers but also Arnel’s 8-year-old son, are murdered that night, their bodies hidden. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 11 Sep. 2021 But Alexander wasn’t alone, and was soon joined by three officers and a sergeant. Fox News, 10 Sep. 2021 The unit’s captain, Rob Wright, decided to leave it alone. New York Times, 1 Sep. 2021 Now David can go back to being hot and dead behind the eyes and leave us alone. Brian Moylan, Vulture, 30 Aug. 2021 That there was this one male camel in our herd who wouldn’t leave me alone. Ryan Lenora Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, 30 Aug. 2021 For instance, this cartoon suggests that women may actually need to leave the house to vote, which would leave her defenseless and fragile husband alone with the two small, loud strangers also known as his children. Aj Willingham Design: Kenneth Fowler, CNN, 26 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb With that deal still potentially months from completion, the companies continue to operate independently and Zoom built the tools to stand alone, Yuan says. Alex Konrad, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 Made possible with the help of a $25 million gift from the late Conrad Prebys, the center offers a similar slate of comprehensive oncology services as Scripps’ existing stand-alone cancer center in Torrey Pines. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Sep. 2021 Another new law established the Department of Homeland Security as a stand-alone department. Sabrina Eaton, cleveland, 12 Sep. 2021 With a victory in the championship match against Daniil Medvedev, Djokovic will win his stand-alone 21st major and become only the third man to win all four Grand Slam events in the same year. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Sep. 2021 The glasses aren’t a stand-alone product, so music and calls are streamed to the glasses from an iPhone or Android phone via Bluetooth. Time, 10 Sep. 2021 The glasses aren’t a stand-alone product, so music and calls are streamed to the glasses from an iPhone or Android phone via Bluetooth. Mark Gurman, Fortune, 9 Sep. 2021 The stand-alone tree marks important moments for Miyazaki’s protagonists, Niebel said. Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2021 Athletic Director Sterling Scanlon was determined to re-establish a stand-alone football program rather than be part of a co-op. Dom Amore, courant.com, 8 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of alone

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for alone

Adjective

Middle English al-one, alone, allone, from al, all all entry 2 + one one entry 1

Adverb

Middle English, derivative of al-one, alone alone entry 1

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

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16 Sep 2021

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“Alone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alone. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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alone

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of alone

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: without anyone or anything else : not involving or including anyone or anything else : separate from other people or things
: without people that you know or that usually are with you
: feeling unhappy because of being separated from other people

alone

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of alone (Entry 2 of 2)

: without help from anyone or anything else
: without another
: without including or needing anything more

alone

adjective
\ ə-ˈlōn How to pronounce alone (audio) \

Kids Definition of alone

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : separated from others
2 : not including anyone or anything else Food alone is not enough for health.

alone

adverb

Kids Definition of alone (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : and nothing or no one else You alone are responsible.
2 : without company or help We thought we could do it alone.

Choose the Right Synonym for alone

Adjective

alone, solitary, and lonely mean separated from others. alone is used when a person is entirely without company. I was left alone in the room. solitary may be used to emphasize the fact of being the only one. The old tree had but a solitary apple. lonely is used when someone longs for company. I felt lonely after my friends left.

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