Only Definition

ōnlē
adjective
Alone of its or their kind; by itself or by themselves; sole.
Webster's New World
Having no siblings.
An only child.
Webster's New World
Alone in its or their superiority; best; finest.
Webster's New World
Most suitable of all; superior or excellent.
This is the only way to cook a good steak.
American Heritage
The definition of only is alone or by itself.
An example of only used as an adjective is in the phrase "the only house left standing," which means the house is by itself.
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adverb
Without anyone or anything else; alone.
We have only two sandwiches left.
American Heritage
At the very least.
If you would only come home. The story was only too true.
American Heritage
Merely; simply.
Webster's New World
And no other; and no (or nothing) more; solely; exclusively.
Drink water only.
Webster's New World
(but) In what follows or in the end.
To meet one crisis, only to face another.
Webster's New World
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conjuntion
Were it not that; except that; but.
I'd have gone, only it rained.
Webster's New World
With the restriction that; but.
You may go, only be careful.
American Heritage
However; and yet.
The merchandise is well made, only we can't use it.
American Heritage
Only means but or except that.
An example of only used as a conjunction is in the sentence "I would have eaten that hamburger, only it was undercooked," which means "I would have eaten that hamburger, but it was undercooked."
YourDictionary
noun
(rare) Only child.
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Other Word Forms of Only

Noun

Singular:
only
Plural:
onlies

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Only

Origin of Only

  • Old English Ç£nlÄ«Ä‹, from Germanic; corresponding to one + -ly/-like. Cognate with Swedish enlig (“unified"), and obsolete Dutch eenlijk.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old English ānlīc ān one one -līc having the form of –ly1

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

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