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1. Being the only one

  • Single and isolated from others
  • "The lone doctor in the entire county"
  • "A lonesome pine"
  • "An only child"
  • "The sole heir"
  • "The sole example"
  • "A solitary instance of cowardice"
  • "A solitary speck in the sky"
  • lone(a),
  • lonesome(a),
  • only(a),
  • sole(a),
  • solitary(a)

2. Exclusive of anyone or anything else

  • "She alone believed him"
  • "Cannot live by bread alone"
  • "I'll have this car and this car only"
  • alone(p),
  • only


1. And nothing more

  • "I was merely asking"
  • "It is simply a matter of time"
  • "Just a scratch"
  • "He was only a child"
  • "Hopes that last but a moment"
  • merely,
  • simply,
  • just,
  • only,
  • but

2. Without any others being included or involved

  • "Was entirely to blame"
  • "A school devoted entirely to the needs of problem children"
  • "He works for mr. smith exclusively"
  • "Did it solely for money"
  • "The burden of proof rests on the prosecution alone"
  • "A privilege granted only to him"
  • entirely,
  • exclusively,
  • solely,
  • alone,
  • only

3. With nevertheless the final result

  • "He arrived only to find his wife dead"
  • "We won only to lose again in the next round"
  • only

4. In the final outcome

  • "These news will only make you more upset"
  • only

5. Except that

  • "It was the same story
  • Only this time she came out better"
  • only

6. Never except when

  • "Call me only if your cold gets worse"
  • only,
  • only if,
  • only when

7. As recently as

  • "I spoke to him only an hour ago"
  • only

Examples of using

It's only three o'clock.
Ignore it. It's only a rumor.
That's the only possibility.