- separate, apart, or isolated from others: I want to be alone.
- to the exclusion of all others or all else: One cannot live by bread alone.
- unique; unequaled; unexcelled: He is alone among his peers in devotion to duty.
- solitarily; solely: She prefers to live alone.
- only; exclusively.
- without aid or help: The baby let go of the side of the crib and stood alone.
- leave alone,
- to allow (someone) to be by himself or herself: Leave him alone—he wants to rest.
- to refrain from annoying or interfering with: The youngsters wouldn't leave the dog alone, and he finally turned on them.
- let alone,
- to refrain from annoying or interfering with.
- not to mention: He was too tired to walk, let alone run.
- let well enough alone, to be satisfied with the existing situation; refrain from attempting to change conditions: Marriages are often destroyed by relatives who will not let well enough alone.
Origin of alone
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1. Alone, lone, lonely, lonesome all imply being without companionship or association. Alone is colorless unless reinforced by all; it then suggests solitariness or desolation: alone in the house; all alone on an island. Lone is somewhat poetic or is intended humorously: a lone sentinel. Lonely implies a sad or disquieting feeling of isolation. Lonesome connotes emotion, a longing for companionship.
7, 8. See leave1.
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Examples from the Web for alone
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When he came out ten minutes later Uncle Peter was waiting for him alone.
Mauburn had gone to his room to be alone with this bitter news.
He assented--and being thus, in a manner, ordered up--went it alone.
He's too honest entirely to stale the value of a pin, let alone a carpetbag.Brave and Bold
The losses in New York City alone were said to be fifty millions.
- apart from another or others; solitary
- without anyone or anything elseone man alone could lift it
- without equal; uniquehe stands alone in the field of microbiology
- to the exclusion of others; onlyshe alone believed him
- leave alone, leave be, let alone or let be to refrain from annoying or interfering with
- leave well alone, leave well enough alone, let well alone or let well enough alone to refrain from interfering with something that is satisfactory
- let alone much less; not to mentionhe can't afford beer, let alone whisky
Old English al one, literally: all (entirely) one
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Word Origin and History for alone
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with alone
see go it alone; leave someone alone; leave well enough alone; let alone.
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