What does Alone mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. alone(p)adjective

    isolated from others

    "could be alone in a crowded room"; "was alone with her thoughts"; "I want to be alone"

  2. alone(p), lone(a), lonely(a), solitaryadjective

    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"

  3. alone(p), onlyadjective

    exclusive of anyone or anything else

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

  4. alone(p), unique, unequaled, unequalled, unparalleledadverb

    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"

  5. entirely, exclusively, solely, alone, onlyadverb

    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"

  6. alone, solo, unaccompaniedadverb

    without anybody else or anything else

    "the child stayed home alone"; "the pillar stood alone, supporting nothing"; "he flew solo"


  1. aloneadverb

    By one's self; apart from, or exclusive of, others; solo

    She walked home alone.

  2. aloneadverb

    Without outside help.

    The job was to hard for me to do alone.

  3. aloneadverb


    The responsibility is theirs alone.

  4. aloneadjective

    By one's self, solitary.

    I can't ask for help because I am alone.

  5. aloneadjective

    Apart from, or exclusive of, others.

  6. aloneadjective

    Considered separately.

  7. aloneadjective

    Without equal.

  8. Etymology: From al one, contracted from the phrase eall ana, equivalent to. Cognate with allane. Compare also allinne, alleen, allein, alene. More at all, one.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Aloneadjective

    Etymology: alleen, Dutch; from al and een, or one, that is, single.

    The quarrel toucheth none but us alone;
    Betwixt ourselves let us decide it then. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    If by a mortal hand my father’s throne
    Could be defended, ’twas by mine alone. John Dryden, Æneid ii.

    God, by whose alone power and conservation, we all live, and move, and have our being. Richard Bentley.

    Eagles we see fly alone, and they are but sheep which always herd together. Philip Sidney, b. i.

    Alone, for other creature in this place
    Living, or lifeless, to be found was none. Paradise Lost.

    I never durst in darkness be alone. John Dryden, Ind. Emp.

  2. Aloneadverb

    Let us alone to guard Corioli,
    If they set down before’s; ’fore they remove,
    Bring up your army. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Let you alone, cunning artificer;
    See how his gorget peers above his gown,
    To tell the people in what danger he was. Ben Jonson, Catil.

    His client stole it, but he had better have let it alone; for he lost his cause by his jest. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 408.


  1. ALONE

    ALONE is a charity organization in Ireland which was set-up to highlight the issues facing older people living alone. Founded in 1977 by Willie Bermingham, the charity seeks to help elderly people living on their own who may feel isolated and lonely, and to "connect [them] with the necessary support services in their community". The name ALONE in an acronym of the words "A Little Offering Never Ends".ALONE states that it "works with the 1 in 5 older people who are homeless, socially isolated, living in deprivation or in crisis". The charity provides supportive housing, "befriending" services, community response and campaigning services to older people.Within Glasnevin Cemetery, the Alone Millenium Plot is used by the charity to bury older people who died without family or other provisions for burial. In 2017 Alone celebrated its 40-year anniversary.


  1. alone

    Alone can be generally defined as being in a state of isolation or without any companionship or presence of others. It refers to being by oneself, with no one else around, and typically implies a lack of social interaction or support from others during that time.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Aloneadjective

    quite by one's self; apart from, or exclusive of, others; single; solitary; -- applied to a person or thing

  2. Aloneadjective

    of or by itself; by themselves; without any thing more or any one else; without a sharer; only

  3. Aloneadjective

    sole; only; exclusive

  4. Aloneadjective

    hence; Unique; rare; matchless

  5. Aloneadverb

    solely; simply; exclusively

  6. Etymology: [All + one. OE. al one all allone, AS. n one, alone. See All, One, Lone.]


  1. Alone

    "Alone" is a song composed by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly. It first appeared on via Steinberg and Kelly's pet project, 1983's I-Ten, Taking a Cold Look. It was later recorded by John Stamos in his role as Gino Minelli, on the original soundtrack of the CBS sitcom Dreams in 1984. American rock band Heart made it a number one US and Canadian hit in 1987. Twenty years later, Céline Dion recorded it for her album Taking Chances.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Alone

    al-ōn′, adj. single: solitary: alone of its kind: of itself, or by themselves.—adv. singly, by one's self only.—n. Alone′ness [All and One.]

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  1. Alone

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Alone' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1366

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Alone' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2178

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Alone' in Adverbs Frequency: #127

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Alone' in Adjectives Frequency: #249

Anagrams for Alone »

  1. Leona

  2. anole

  3. olena

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Alone in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Alone in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Alone in a Sentence

  1. Paul Johannes Tillich:

    Our language has wisely sensed the two sides of being alone. It has created the word loneliness to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word solitude to express the glory of being alone.

  2. German Chancellor Angela Merkel:

    The German government says the Dublin approach is not working anymore, because so many refugees are arriving at our external borders, that we can't leave Italy or Greece alone to deal with this task, at the same time, if we say that Italy and Greece can't be left alone with this task, then neither can it be that three countries, like Sweden, Austria and Germany, are left alone with the lion's share of the task.

  3. Claude Lévi-Strauss:

    Just as the individual is not alone in the group, nor any one in society alone among the others, so man is not alone in the universe.

  4. Friedrich Nietzsche:

    Perhaps I know why it is man alone who laughs He alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter.

  5. Ferdinand Marcos:

    Leadership is the other side of the coin of loneliness, and he who is a leader must always act alone. And acting alone, accept everything alone.

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