American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Being apart from others; solitary.
- adj. Being without anyone or anything else; only.
- adj. Considered separately from all others of the same class.
- adj. Being without equal; unique.
- adv. Without others: sang alone while the choir listened.
- adv. Without help: carried the suitcases alone.
- adv. Exclusively; only: The burden of proof rests on the prosecution alone.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Apart from another or others; single or singly; solitary or solitarily; without the aid or company of another: applied to a person or thing: as, to be or remain alone; to walk alone.
- Only; to the exclusion of other persons or things; sole or solely: as, he alone remained. In this sense alone is sometimes used attributively before a noun.
- Without a parallel; above or beyond all others; unique.
- Devoid; destitute.
- In each of these examples only would now be considered better, though not alone for not only is in common use. Alone means unaccompanied: as, he stood alone. Only applies to that of which there is no other: as, an only son; adverbially, only this.
- adj. By one's self, solitary.
- adj. Apart from, or exclusive of, others.
- adj. Considered separately.
- adj. Without equal.
- adv. By one's self; apart from, or exclusive of, others; solo.
- adv. Without outside help.
- adv. Exclusively.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Quite by one's self; apart from, or exclusive of, others; single; solitary; -- applied to a person or thing.
- adj. Of or by itself; by themselves; without any thing more or any one else; without a sharer; only.
- adj. rare Sole; only; exclusive.
- adj. Hence; Unique; rare; matchless.
- adv. Solely; simply; exclusively.
- adv. without anybody else or anything else
- adv. without any others being included or involved
- adj. exclusive of anyone or anything else
- adj. lacking companions or companionship
- adj. radically distinctive and without equal
- adj. isolated from others
- From Middle English al one ("alone", literally "all one"), contracted from the Old English phrase eall āna ("entirely alone, solitary, single"), equivalent to al- (“all”) + one. Cognate with Scots allane ("alone"). Compare also West Frisian allinne ("alone"), Dutch alleen ("alone"), German allein ("alone"), Danish alene ("alone"). More at all, one. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English : al, all; see all + one, one; see one. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“And then -- Ah, there is something terrible in being alone -- _alone_!”
“_Never less alone than when alone_ is a true maxim; but not for travelling; a pleasant companion adds a hundredfold to the pleasures of the journey, especially when the friendship is strong enough to stand the occasional strains on the temper which must occur along wild untrodden paths.”
“Thou art here alone, none knowing, and I-- I _alone_ can save thee.”
“Granting _alleyn_ to be rightly put for alone, no ancient writer, I apprehend, ever used such a phrase as this; any more than we should now say -- _my son alone_ for _my only son_.”
“We know that we must fight the battle of life and duty alone, we know that we bear our sorrows and bereavements alone, we know that alone we must die, and be judged, and yet, as Christians, we know that Jesus will never leave us, nor forsake us, that He is with us even unto the end of the world, and that when most solitary we are _alone with God_.”
“But the fact of your being here, before me, alone, do you understand, _alone_ in the presence of Arsène”
“I was alone in my bedroom, _and yet I was not alone_!”
“Alas! alas! almost alone, except a few -- to their everlasting honor -- poor faithful women -- _alone!”
“She could have cried out with anguish for that soul, which, in the midst of its careless pride and criminal indifference, had been summoned by an inexorable decree to the tribunal of judgment! where it appeared _alone -- alone -- alone_, to be weighed in the balance of justice.”
“We cannot forget moreover that the two former of these copies enjoy the unenviable distinction of standing alone on a memorable occasion: -- they _alone_ exhibit St. Mark's Gospel mutilated in respect of its twelve concluding verses.”
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