adjective (used predicatively)
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OTHER WORDS FROM alonea·lone·ness, noun
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What is a basic definition of alone?
Alone is an adjective that describes someone or something as being in isolation or as being unique. Alone is used as an adverb to mean something was done by a single individual. Alone has a few additional senses as an adjective and an adverb.
If you are alone, you are the only human being present in a place. Generally, alone is neither good nor bad. If it’s used in the phrase “all alone” though, it implies a sense of sadness or loneliness. Alone always describes a situation where there is exactly one thing existing apart from all others.
Real-life examples: Some animals, such as tigers, like to be alone and spend most of their lives away from others of their species. You may want to be alone in your room, away from other people. An actor might be alone on stage when giving a monologue.
Used in a sentence: I was alone in the dark, spooky room.
Alone also describes something as being unique or being the only example of something.
Real-life examples: A championship is won by one team alone. You alone are the only one who knows how you feel.
Used in a sentence: I always feel like I am alone in my love of smelly cheese.
Alone is also used as an adverb to mean something was done by a single individual.
Real-life examples: A widow might live alone in her house after her husband dies. A solo is when a singer or musician performs alone. Most games cannot be played alone and need at least a second player.
Used in a sentence: She likes to hike alone in the woods.
Where does alone come from?
The first records of alone come from the later 1200s. It comes from the Middle English al one, meaning “exclusively one” or “entirely one.”
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What are some other forms related to alone?
- aloneness (noun)
What are some synonyms for alone?
What are some words that share a root or word element with alone?
What are some words that often get used in discussing alone?
How is alone used in real life?
Alone is a very common word that most often describes something that involves one person or thing.
Enjoying being alone could easily become a habit of mine. Sometimes I just want to be alone with my thoughts and music.
— Haven Raven (@ARestlessHaven) December 29, 2020
If I lived alone I would walk around naked all the time
— Matthew Morales (@mattkillsswagg) December 22, 2020
We are committed to doing everything we can at the state level to fight violent crime, but we can’t do it alone. The only way we can truly make a difference is by working together.
— Governor Mike Parson (@GovParsonMO) October 14, 2020
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If a person is alone in a room, no one else is in the room with them.
Example sentences from the Web for alone
By contrast, John McCain, the eventual GOP nominee, had raised approximately $12.7 million in the first quarter of 2007 alone.
Women and children are disproportionately victims, but they are not alone.ISIS, Boko Haram, and the Growing Role of Human Trafficking in 21st Century Terrorism|Louise I. Shelley|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It happened and it was a group of maybe 200 in a movement that has drawn tens of thousands in New York alone.
But the Chinese have shown little interest, of late, in corralling its own hackers—let alone those from another country.
The other person for whom a path to the nomination, let alone a candidacy, seems much less likely is Mitt Romney.How A Jeb Bush Candidacy Would Hurt Chris Christie And Shake Up The 2016 GOP Field|David Freedlander|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The fear of its loss can alone teach us the true value of our treasure.Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia|William Gilmore Simms
Alone the thick polled alders remain green, and in their shadow the brook is still darker.Nature Near London|Richard Jefferies
Meantime, the leader, to whom thousands were looking up, was miserable and alone.The Eternal City|Hall Caine
Probably not one of those tribesmen has ever set foot on the American continent, let alone in Chicago.The Cruise of the O Moo|Roy J. Snell
Mrs. Palmer alone was absent from her guests, sitting at the telephone.The Relentless City|Edward Frederic Benson
British Dictionary definitions for alone
adjective, adverb (postpositive)
Word Origin for alone
Idioms and Phrases with alone
see go it alone; leave someone alone; leave well enough alone; let alone.