American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Alone in kind or class; sole: an only child; the only one left.
- adj. Standing alone by reason of superiority or excellence.
- adv. Without anyone or anything else; alone: room for only one passenger.
- adv. At the very least: If you would only come home. The story was only too true.
- adv. And nothing else or more: I only work here.
- adv. Exclusively; solely: facts known only to us.
- adv. In the last analysis or final outcome: actions that will only make things worse.
- adv. With the final result; nevertheless: received a raise only to be laid off.
- adv. As recently as: called me only last month.
- adv. In the immediate past: only just saw them.
- conj. Were it not that; except.
- conj. With the restriction that; but: You may go, only be careful.
- conj. However; and yet: The merchandise is well made, only we can't use it.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Single as regards number, or as regards class or kind; one and no more or other; single; sole: as, he was the only person present; the only answer possible; an only son; my only friend; the only assignable reason.
- Alone; nothing or nobody but.
- Mere; simple.
- Single in degree or excellence; hence, distinguished above or beyond all others; special.
- Alone; no other or others than; nothing or nobody else than; nothing or nobody but; merely: as, only one remained; man cannot live on bread only.
- No more than; merely; simply; just: as, he had sold only two.
- In but one manner, for but one purpose, by but one means, with but one result, etc.; in no other manner, respect, place, direction, circumstances, or condition than; at no other time, or in no other way, etc., than; for no other purpose or with no other result than; solely; exclusively; entirely; altogether: as, he ventured forth only at night; he was saved only by the skin of his teeth; he escaped the gallows only to be drowned; articles sold only in packages.
- Above all others; preëminently; especially.
- Singly; with no other in the same relation: as, the only begotten Son of the Father.
- Synonyms 1-3. Alone, Only. See alone.
- But; except; excepting that.
- Except; with the exception of.
- adj. Alone in a category.
- adj. Singularly superior; the best.
- adj. Without sibling; without a sibling of the same gender.
- adj. obsolete Mere.
- adv. without others or anything further; exclusively
- adv. no more than; just
- adv. as recently as
- conj. Under the condition that; but.
- conj. However.
- conj. But for the fact that; except.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. One alone; single.
- adj. Alone in its class; by itself; not associated with others of the same class or kind.
- adj. Alone, by reason of superiority; preëminent; chief.
- adv. In one manner or degree; for one purpose alone; simply; merely; barely.
- adv. So and no otherwise; no other than; exclusively; solely; wholly.
- adv. Singly; without more.
- adv. obsolete Above all others; particularly.
- conj. Save or except (that); -- an adversative used elliptically with or without
that, and properly introducing a single fact or consideration.
- adv. in the final outcome
- adv. as recently as
- adv. and nothing more
- adv. without any others being included or involved
- adj. exclusive of anyone or anything else
- adv. with nevertheless the final result
- adv. never except when
- adj. being the only one; single and isolated from others
- adv. except that
- Old English ǣnlīċ, from Germanic; corresponding to one + -ly/-like. Cognate with Swedish enlig ("unified"), and obsolete Dutch eenlijk. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English ānlīc : ān, one; see one + -līc, having the form of; see -ly1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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