Definitions for: Only


[adv] 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"
[adv] 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"
[adv] with nevertheless the final result; "He arrived only to find his wife dead"; "We won only to lose again in the next round"
[adv] in the final outcome; "These news will only make you more upset"
[adv] as recently as; "I spoke to him only an hour ago"
[adv] except that; "It was the same story; only this time she came out better"
[adv] never except when; "call me only if your cold gets worse"
[adj] exclusive of anyone or anything else; "she alone believed him"; "cannot live by bread alone"; "I'll have this car and this car only"



Webster (1913) Definition: On"ly, a. [OE. only, anly, onlich, AS. [=a]nlic, i.e.,
onelike. See One, and Like, a.]
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;
pre["e]minent; chief. ``Motley's the only wear.'' --Shak.


On"ly, adv. [See Only, a.]
1. In one manner or degree; for one purpose alone; simply;
merely; barely.

And to be loved himself, needs only to be known.
--Dryden.

2. So and no otherwise; no other than; exclusively; solely;
wholly. ``She being only wicked.'' --Beau. & Fl.

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.

Synonyms: alone, alone(p), but, entirely, exclusive, exclusively, just, merely, only if, only when, simply, solely

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