only meaning

[ 'əunli ] Pronunciation:   "only" in a sentence
  • Adverb: only  ownlee
    1. And nothing more
      "he was only a child"
      - merely, simply, just, but 
    2. Without any others being included or involved
      "a privilege granted only to him"
      - entirely, exclusively, solely, alone 
    3. With nevertheless the final result
      "He arrived only to find his wife dead"; "We won only to lose again in the next round" 
    4. In the final outcome
      "These news will only make you more upset" 
    5. Except that
      "It was the same story; only this time she came out better" 
    6. Never except when
      "call me only if your cold gets worse"
      - only if, only when 
    7. As recently as
      "I spoke to him only an hour ago"
    Adjective: only  ownlee
    1. Being the only one; single and isolated from others
      "an only child"
      - lone, lonesome, sole, solitary 
    2. Exclusive of anyone or anything else
      "I'll have this car and this car only"
      - alone

    See also: exclusive, single

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  1. the bisection method finds only one of them.
  2. for years i have lived with only one lung.
  3. this is only the beginning of the reckoning.
  4. only a few, however, amassed large fortunes.
  5. but perhaps only the name is the same.

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