Alone meaning

ə-lōn
The definition of alone is entirely separated from others.

A person walking down an abandoned alley way is an example of someone who is alone.

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Being apart from others; solitary.
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Being without anyone or anything else; only.
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Considered separately from all others of the same class.
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Being without equal; unique.
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Without others.

Sang alone while the choir listened.

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Exclusively; only.

The burden of proof rests on the prosecution alone.

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Without help.

Carried the suitcases alone.

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By oneself, solitary.

I can't ask for help because I am alone.

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Considered separately.
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By one's self; apart from, or exclusive of, others; solo.

She walked home alone.

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Apart from anything or anyone else.

The hut stood alone on the prairie.

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Without involving any other person.

To walk alone.

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Without anything further; with nothing more; only.

The carton alone weighs two pounds.

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Without equal or peer.

To stand alone as an example of courage.

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Apart from, or exclusive of, others.

Jones alone could do it.

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Without equal.
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Without outside help.

The job was to hard for me to do alone.

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The responsibility is theirs alone.

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let alone
  • To refrain from bothering or interfering with.
  • Not to speak of.
    We hadn't a dime, let alone a dollar.
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let well enough alone
  • To be content with things as they are and not try to improve them.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of alone

  • Middle English al all all one one one

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English al one (“alone”, literally “all one”), contracted from the Old English phrase eall āna (“entirely alone, solitary, single”), equivalent to al- (“all”) +‎ one. Cognate with Scots allane (“alone”). Compare also West Frisian allinne (“alone”), Dutch alleen (“alone”), German allein (“alone”), Danish alene (“alone”). More at all, one.

    From Wiktionary