alone

[ uh-lohn ]
/ əˈloʊn /
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adjective (used predicatively)

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.

adverb

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.

Idioms

Origin of alone

1250–1300; Middle English al one all (wholly) one
Related formsa·lone·ness, noun

Synonym study

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.

Usage note

7, 8. See leave1.
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British Dictionary definitions for alone

alone

/ (əˈləʊn) /

adjective, adverb (postpositive)

Word Origin for alone

Old English al one, literally: all (entirely) one
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Word Origin and History for alone

alone


adj., adv.

c.1300 contraction of all ane, from Old English all ana "unaccompanied, all by oneself," from all "all, wholly" (see all) + an "one" (see one). Similar compounds are found in German (allein) and Dutch (alleen).

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Idioms and Phrases with alone

alone


see go it alone; leave someone alone; leave well enough alone; let alone.

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