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one-way

[ wuhn-wey ]
/ ˈwʌnˈweɪ /
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adjective
moving, or allowing movement in one direction only: a one-way street.
valid for travel in one direction only: a one-way ticket.Compare round trip.
without a reciprocal feeling, responsibility, relationship, etc.: It's a one-way friendship.
not intended for return to a seller, dealer, etc., for reuse; disposable: one-way bottles.
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Origin of one-way

First recorded in 1815–25
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British Dictionary definitions for one-way

one-way

adjective
moving or allowing travel in one direction onlyone-way traffic
entailing no reciprocal obligation, action, etca one-way agreement
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