1. Quite by one's self; apart from, or exclusive of, others; single; solitary; -- applied to a person or thing.
Alone on a wide, wide sea. --Coleridge.
It is not good that the man should be alone. --Gen. ii. 18.
2. Of or by itself; by themselves; without any thing more or any one else; without a sharer; only.
Man shall not live by bread alone. --Luke iv. 4.
The citizens alone should be at the expense. --Franklin.
3. Sole; only; exclusive. [R.]
God, by whose alone power and conversation we all live, and move, and have our being. --Bentley.
4. Hence; Unique; rare; matchless.
Note: ☞ The adjective alone commonly follows its noun.
To let alone or To leave alone, to abstain from interfering with or molesting; to suffer to remain in its present state.
A·lone, adv. Solely; simply; exclusively.
adj 1: isolated from others; "could be alone in a crowded room";
"was alone with her thoughts"; "I want to be alone"
2: lacking companions or companionship; "he was alone when we
met him"; "she is alone much of the time"; "the lone skier
on the mountain"; "a lonely fisherman stood on a tuft of
gravel"; "a lonely soul"; "a solitary traveler" [syn: alone(p),
lone(a), lonely(a), solitary]
3: exclusive of anyone or anything else; "she alone believed
him"; "cannot live by bread alone"; "I'll have this car
and this car only" [syn: alone(p), only]
4: radically distinctive and without equal; "he is alone in the
field of microbiology"; "this theory is altogether alone
in its penetration of the problem"; "Bach was unique in
his handling of counterpoint"; "craftsmen whose skill is
unequaled"; "unparalleled athletic ability"; "a breakdown
of law unparalleled in our history" [syn: alone(p), unique,
unequaled, unequalled, unparalleled]
adv 1: 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" [syn: entirely, exclusively,
2: without anybody else; "the child stayed home alone"; "he
flew solo" [syn: solo, unaccompanied]