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Meaning of ONLY

Pronunciation:  'ownlee

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adv]  and nothing more; "I was merely asking"; "it is simply a matter of time"; "just a scratch"; "he was only a child"; "hopes that last but a moment"
  2. [adv]  without any others being included or involved; "was entirely to blame"; "a school devoted entirely to the needs of problem children"; "he works for Mr. Smith exclusively"; "did it solely for money"; "the burden of proof rests on the prosecution alone"; "a privilege granted only to him"
  3. [adv]  with nevertheless the final result; "He arrived only to find his wife dead"; "We won only to lose again in the next round"
  4. [adv]  in the final outcome; "These news will only make you more upset"
  5. [adv]  as recently as; "I spoke to him only an hour ago"
  6. [adv]  except that; "It was the same story; only this time she came out better"
  7. [adv]  never except when; "call me only if your cold gets worse"
  8. [adj]  exclusive of anyone or anything else; "she alone believed him"; "cannot live by bread alone"; "I'll have this car and this car only"
 

ONLY is a 4 letter word that starts with O.

 

 Synonyms: alone, alone(p), but, entirely, exclusive, exclusively, just, merely, only if, only when, simply, solely
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \On"ly\, a. [OE. only, anly, onlich, AS. [=a]nlic, i.e.,
    onelike. See {One}, {and Like}, a.]
    1. One alone; single; as, the only man present; his only
       occupation.
    
    2. Alone in its class; by itself; not associated with others
       of the same class or kind; as, an only child.
    
    3. Hence, figuratively: Alone, by reason of superiority;
       pre["e]minent; chief. ``Motley's the only wear.'' --Shak.
    
    
  2. \On"ly\, adv. [See {Only}, a.]
    1. In one manner or degree; for one purpose alone; simply;
       merely; barely.
    
             And to be loved himself, needs only to be known.
       --Dryden.
    
    2. So and no otherwise; no other than; exclusively; solely;
       wholly. ``She being only wicked.'' --Beau. & Fl.
    
             Every imagination . . . of his heart was only evil.
                                                   --Gen. vi. 5.
    
    3. Singly; without more; as, only-begotten.
    
    4. Above all others; particularly. [Obs.]
    
             His most only elected mistress.       --Marston.
    
    
  3. \On"ly\, conj.
    Save or except (that); -- an adversative used elliptically
    with or without that, and properly introducing a single fact
    or consideration.
    
          He might have seemed some secretary or clerk . . . only
          that his low, flat, unadorned cap . . . indicated that
          he belonged to the city.                 --Sir W.
                                                   Scott.
    
    
 
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