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Synonyms for only
ˈoʊn li

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lone(a), lonesome(a), only(a), sole(a), solitary(a)(adj)

    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"

    Antonyms:
    inclusive, multiple

  2. alone(p), only(adverb)

    exclusive of anyone or anything else

    "she alone believed him"; "cannot live by bread alone"; "I'll have this car and this car only"

    Antonyms:
    inclusive, multiple

  3. merely, simply, just, only, but(adverb)

    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"

    Synonyms:
    solely, plainly, hardly, alone, barely, exclusively, only if, but, entirely, just, scarce, just now, simply, merely, precisely, only when, exactly, scarcely

    Antonyms:
    multiple, inclusive

  4. entirely, exclusively, solely, alone, only(adverb)

    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"

    Synonyms:
    solely, exclusively, whole, entirely, unaccompanied, completely, alone, altogether, only if, but, simply, wholly, just, all, merely, only when, totally, solo

    Antonyms:
    multiple, inclusive

  5. only(adverb)

    with nevertheless the final result

    "He arrived only to find his wife dead"; "We won only to lose again in the next round"

    Synonyms:
    just, only if, simply, merely, entirely, solely, but, exclusively, only when, alone

    Antonyms:
    inclusive, multiple

  6. only(adverb)

    in the final outcome

    "These news will only make you more upset"

    Synonyms:
    just, only if, simply, merely, entirely, solely, but, exclusively, only when, alone

    Antonyms:
    multiple, inclusive

  7. only(adverb)

    except that

    "It was the same story; only this time she came out better"

    Synonyms:
    just, only if, simply, merely, entirely, solely, but, exclusively, only when, alone

    Antonyms:
    inclusive, multiple

  8. only, only if, only when(adverb)

    never except when

    "call me only if your cold gets worse"

    Synonyms:
    just, only if, simply, merely, entirely, solely, but, exclusively, only when, alone

    Antonyms:
    inclusive, multiple

  9. only(adverb)

    as recently as

    "I spoke to him only an hour ago"

    Synonyms:
    just, only if, simply, merely, entirely, solely, but, exclusively, only when, alone

    Antonyms:
    inclusive, multiple

Wiktionary

  1. only(adjective)

    Under the condition that; but.

    my heart is hers, and hers only

    Synonyms:
    sole, lone

  2. only(conjunction)

    However.

    I would enjoy running, only I have this broken leg

    Synonyms:
    peerless, unequaled, nonpareil

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. only

    But ranges from the faintest contrast to absolute negation; as, I am willing to go, but (on the other hand) content to stay; he is not an honest man, but (on the contrary) a villain. The contrast may be with a silent thought; as, but let us go (it being understood that we might stay longer). In restrictive use, except and excepting are slightly more emphatic than but; we say, no injury but a scratch; or, no injury except some painful bruises. Such expressions as "words are but breath" (nothing but) may be referred to the restrictive use by ellipsis. So may the use of but in the sense of unless; as, "it never rains but it pours." To the same head must be referred the conditional use; as, "you may go, but with your father's consent" (i. e., "provided you have," "except that you must have," etc.). "Doubt but" is now less used than the more logical "doubt that." But never becomes a full synonym for and; and adds something like, but adds something different; "brave and tender" implies that tenderness is natural to the brave; "brave but tender" implies that bravery and tenderness are rarely combined. For the concessive use, compare NOTWITHSTANDING.

    Synonyms:
    and, barely, besides, but, except, further, however, just, merely, moreover, nevertheless, notwithstanding, notwithstanding, provided, save, still, that, tho, unless, yet

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. only(a)

    Synonyms:
    single, sole, alone, solitary

    Antonyms:
    many, together, mixed

  2. only

    Synonyms:
    solely, singly, merely, simply, barely

    Antonyms:
    among, amongst, together, collectively

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. only(a.)

    Synonyms:
    sole, solitary, alone, single, this and no other

  2. only(ad.)

    Synonyms:
    merely, barely, simply, and nothing else

  3. only(ad.)

    Synonyms:
    solely, singly

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How to use only in a sentence?

  1. Pete Buttigieg:

    One of the things that every person should think about in the run-up to 2020, especially because there are so many people, is that it is not only the outcome, but it is the conduct of campaigns that will make an impact on political life in our country, the world is changing, but it is not changing on its own. So, if by bringing forward good ideas I can be part of chipping away at that, that is one more reason to give this a look.

  2. Anuj Somany:

    It the intent & content of the movie are truly good and the recruitment of its cast & crew has been done for their talent only, then there is perhaps no need to go places or on any platform for its promotion as, sooner or later, it will gain its deserved word of mouth publicity.

  3. Erich Fromm:

    The only truly affluent are those who do not want more than they have.

  4. Juergen Maier:

    Where the UK used to be beacon for stability, we are now becoming a laughing stock, it has been clear for weeks, that the only way that this will be resolved is through compromise between the government and parliament.

  5. Bob Gourley:

    Think of whitelisting like a bouncer in the VIP line at the party. If you are on the list you get in, if you are not, you get bounced to the pavement, whitelisting happens by design. The IT professionals who whitelist devices at places like the White House only add the email addresses authorized by management. To do otherwise would be to violate policy in ways that could introduce threats to the system.


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  • فقطArabic
  • само, единствен, единственоBulgarian
  • només, sols, solament, únic, únicamentCatalan, Valencian
  • jen, až, jenom, teprve, jedináček, jenže, pouze, jedině, jedinýCzech
  • enesteDanish
  • gerade, geschwisterlos, einzig, einzigartig, Einzelkind, nurGerman
  • μοναδικό, μόνο, μοναδική, αλλά, μοναδικός, μόνος, μόνηGreek
  • sola, nuraEsperanto
  • sólo, apenas, hijo único, solamente, único, únicamenteSpanish
  • ainusEstonian
  • فقط, تنها, تَنهاPersian
  • mutta, edes, ainut, vain, vasta, juuri, ainoa, ainutlaatuinen, jos, ainoastaan, paitsi että, sillä ehdolla, ettäFinnish
  • que, unique, seulement, sauf que, seul, mais, ne...que, uniquementFrench
  • Galician
  • רק, יָחִידHebrew
  • सिर्फ़, हीHindi
  • csak, egyetlen, kivéveHungarian
  • մինուճար, միայն, միամոր, միակArmenian
  • solmenteInterlingua
  • nuraIdo
  • solo, solamente, unicoItalian
  • だけ, しか, 唯一Japanese
  • ერთადერთიGeorgian
  • 유일한, ...만, 하나밖에 없는Korean
  • ته‌نهاKurdish
  • unicus, sōlumLatin
  • vienīgi, tikai, vienīgsLatvian
  • മാത്രംMalayalam
  • फ़क्तMarathi
  • sahaja, hanyaMalay
  • ရုံBurmese
  • pas, enig, netDutch
  • eneste, bare, einasteNorwegian
  • jedyny, tylko, najlepszy, dopieroPolish
  • somente, porém, exceto, único, todavia, mas, apenas, melhor, salvo, que, filhoPortuguese
  • sapaQuechua
  • singur, unic, numaiRomanian
  • только вот, лишь, единственный, только, единый, но, за исключением того, что, однако, всегоRussian
  • само, sámoSerbo-Croatian
  • jedinýSlovak
  • edinSlovene
  • bara, endast, endaSwedish
  • ஒரேTamil
  • ఏకైక, ఒకే, ఒక్కగానొక్కTelugu
  • sadece, yalnızca, bir tek, tekTurkish
  • єдинийUkrainian
  • صرفUrdu
  • teVolapük
  • 只要Chinese

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