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alone adj
1 isolated from others; "could be alone in a crowded room"; "was alone with her thoughts"; "I want to be alone" [syn: alone(p)]
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, solely, only]
2 without anybody else; "the child stayed home alone"; "he flew solo" [syn: solo, unaccompanied]

User Contributed Dictionary



From all + one, Old English al one, all allone, Anglo-Saxon an one, alone. See all, one, lone.


  • (UK) /əˈləʊn/, /@"l@Un/
  • (US) /əˈloʊn/, /@"loUn/
  • Rhymes: -əʊn
  • Hyphenation: a·lone


  1. By one's self; apart from, or exclusive of, others; single; solo; solitary;—applied to a person or thing.
    • I can't ask for help because I am alone. That is, “I am alone” means nobody else is near.
  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. Here, “bread alone” means bread and nothing else.
  3. Unique; without peer or equal:
    • Euclid alone has looked on Beauty bare. -- Edna St. Vincent Millay
Note: The adjective alone commonly follows its noun.

Usage notes




  1. By one's self; apart from, or exclusive of, others; solo
    She walked home alone.



Latin halo


  1. halo
  2. glow

Extensive Definition

Alone usually refers to the condition of solitude.
It can also refer to:
alone in Spanish: Alone
alone in French: Alone

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