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; preeminent; chief. “Motley's the only wear.”
1. In one manner or degree; for one purpose alone; simply; merely; barely.
And to be loved himself, needs only to be known.
2. So and no otherwise; no other than; exclusively; solely; wholly. “She being only wicked.”
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.
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.
adj 1: being the only one; single and isolated from others; "the
lone doctor in the entire county"; "a lonesome pine";
"an only child"; "the sole heir"; "the sole example";
"a solitary instance of cowardice"; "a solitary speck
in the sky" [syn: lone(a), lonesome(a), only(a),
2: 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)]
adv 1: 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" [syn: merely,
simply, just, but]
2: 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, solely, alone]
3: with nevertheless the final result; "He arrived only to find
his wife dead"; "We won only to lose again in the next
4: in the final outcome; "These news will only make you more
5: except that; "It was the same story; only this time she came
6: never except when; "call me only if your cold gets worse"
[syn: only if, only when]
7: as recently as; "I spoke to him only an hour ago"