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Definitions of "only"

  • Alone in kind or class; sole: an only child; the only one left. adjective
  • Standing alone by reason of superiority or excellence. adjective
  • Without anyone or anything else; alone: room for only one passenger. adverb
  • At the very least: If you would only come home. The story was only too true. adverb
  • And nothing else or more: I only work here. adverb
  • Exclusively; solely: facts known only to us. adverb
  • In the last analysis or final outcome: actions that will only make things worse. adverb
  • With the final result; nevertheless: received a raise only to be laid off. adverb
  • As recently as: called me only last month. adverb
  • In the immediate past: only just saw them. adverb
  • Were it not that; except. conjunction
  • With the restriction that; but: You may go, only be careful. conjunction
  • However; and yet: The merchandise is well made, only we can't use it. conjunction
  • Alone in a category. adjective
  • Singularly superior; the best. adjective
  • Without sibling; without a sibling of the same gender. adjective
  • Mere. adjective
  • without others or anything further; exclusively adverb
  • no more than; just adverb

The word "only" in example sentences

Martha only barely concealed her disgust when she said “this is the _only_ cookbook of mine that you have?”. [Regretsy – April Fool]

And the proposition that not only every planet is bright apparently extends a categorical proposition, via the elements indicated with ˜not™ and ˜only™.. [Logical Form]

An e-mail sent to Hilderbran from DPS states that “only computer forensics officials must be licensed under the Private Security Act” and that those who only retrieve information from computer databases and pass it on to another person are not subject to the new law.. [Texas Law Probably Does Not Require PI License To Fix Spyware-Infested Computers - The Consumerist]

The error you made is that only five percent of those have race as the *only* requirement.. [Althouse coffeehouse.]

The only problem I have now is that I have a bit, and *only* a bit and not a useful enough amount, of an auditory chameleonic trait, and so listening to ten hours of Lenny Henry now means I catch myself today occasionally slipping into a faux-Caribbean accent.. [mammothbooks, acoustic Aphex Twin, vampire v. werewolf, Anansiaudio]

The DOE would provide funds, starting at $10M only for companies affiliated to large automakers and * only* for hybrid vehicles.. [Tesla Wants A Piece Of The Hypothetical Auto Bailout Fund]

There is occasional motion picture footage (a couple uninteresting complete shots of some airport arrival or departure which would be shown for only two seconds in a judiciously edited documentary.), and the * only* music one hears is about 30 seconds of "Around and Around" in front of that froofy curtain (is this PD stuff YET?).. [FAQ: Welcome to the Rolling Stones' Mailing list FAQ list Version 1.08]

But only now was he able to generate enough pressure to get his order implemented but only~ up to a point.. [WILD SWANS THREE DAUGHTERS OF CHINA]

Not only are the priests of Rome deprived by the devil of the _only_ remedy which God has given to help them to stand up, but they have, in the confessional, the greatest facility which can possibly be imagined for satisfying all the bad propensities of fallen human nature.. [The Priest, The Woman And The Confessional]

No such inclination came upon me when my only beverage was water, or water plus a cup of coffee for breakfast _only_ (no afternoon tea).. [Study and Stimulants; Or, the Use of Intoxicants and Narcotics in Relation to Intellectual Life]

The difficulty here asserted applies, however, only to pure Darwinism, which makes use _only_ of indirect modifications through the survival of the fittest.. [On the Genesis of Species]

The modern transcendentalist does only what the surface man does -- he looks to see and brings one hundred percent of his vision to bear upon his desire, while the surface man has less than ten percent of himself in action and that _only_ on one plane.. [Freedom Talks No. II]

This warfare, this danger of backsliding, ends only with the life, when, and when _only_, he will be perfect, for he shall be like his Saviour.. [Louis' School Days A Story for Boys]

I will only say, that through it all -- when put at slave work -- when bound to the whipping stake -- when she stood on the auction block for two long hours -- she was sustained _only_ by trust in _you_.. [The Continental Monthly, Vol III, Issue VI, June, 1863 Devoted to Literature and National Policy]

_Not only dogs_ (not _dogs not only_) bark but wolves also.. [Higher Lessons in English A work on english grammar and composition]

In this instance, on the first occasion the continuous observation of the same "field" for five days failed to disclose to us any other method of increase but this multiple-fission, and it was only the intense suggestiveness of past experience that kept us still alert and prevented us from inferring that it was the _only_ method.. [Scientific American Supplement, No. 470, January 3, 1885]

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