What does ONLY mean?

Definitions for ONLY
ˈoʊn liONLY

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word ONLY.

Princeton's WordNet

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

    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"

  2. alone(p), onlyadverb

    exclusive of anyone or anything else

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

  3. merely, simply, just, only, butadverb

    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"

  4. 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"

  5. onlyadverb

    with nevertheless the final result

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

  6. onlyadverb

    in the final outcome

    "These news will only make you more upset"

  7. onlyadverb

    except that

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

  8. only, only if, only whenadverb

    never except when

    "call me only if your cold gets worse"

  9. onlyadverb

    as recently as

    "I spoke to him only an hour ago"

Wiktionary

  1. onlyadverb

    without others or anything further; exclusively

    my heart is hers, and hers only

    Etymology: ænlic, from ; corresponding to one + -ly/-like. Cognate with enlig, and obsolete eenlijk.

  2. onlyadverb

    no more than; just

    if there were only one more ticket!

    Etymology: ænlic, from ; corresponding to one + -ly/-like. Cognate with enlig, and obsolete eenlijk.

  3. onlyadverb

    as recently as

    he left only moments ago

    Etymology: ænlic, from ; corresponding to one + -ly/-like. Cognate with enlig, and obsolete eenlijk.

  4. onlyadjective

    Alone in a category.

    Etymology: ænlic, from ; corresponding to one + -ly/-like. Cognate with enlig, and obsolete eenlijk.

  5. onlyadjective

    Singularly superior; the best.

    He is the only trombonist to recruit.

    Etymology: ænlic, from ; corresponding to one + -ly/-like. Cognate with enlig, and obsolete eenlijk.

  6. onlyadjective

    Without sibling; without a sibling of the same gender.

    He is their only son, in fact, an only child

    Etymology: ænlic, from ; corresponding to one + -ly/-like. Cognate with enlig, and obsolete eenlijk.

  7. onlyadjective

    Mere.

    Etymology: ænlic, from ; corresponding to one + -ly/-like. Cognate with enlig, and obsolete eenlijk.

  8. onlyconjunction

    Under the condition that; but.

    Etymology: ænlic, from ; corresponding to one + -ly/-like. Cognate with enlig, and obsolete eenlijk.

  9. onlyconjunction

    However.

    I would enjoy running, only I have this broken leg

    Etymology: ænlic, from ; corresponding to one + -ly/-like. Cognate with enlig, and obsolete eenlijk.

  10. onlyconjunction

    But for the fact that; except.

    Etymology: ænlic, from ; corresponding to one + -ly/-like. Cognate with enlig, and obsolete eenlijk.

Freebase

  1. Only

    "Only" is a song by Nine Inch Nails. It was released as the second single from Nine Inch Nails' fourth album With Teeth. "Only" reached number one on the Billboard Modern Rock chart, where it stayed for seven weeks. It is the second successful release that Nine Inch Nails has had in the UK, peaking at number 20.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Only

    ōn′li, adj. single in number or kind: this above all others: alone.—adv. in one manner: for one purpose: singly: merely: barely: entirely.—conj. but: except that.—n. On′liness. [A.S. ánlíc (adj.)—án, one, líc, like.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ONLY' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #76

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ONLY' in Written Corpus Frequency: #137

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ONLY' in Adverbs Frequency: #6

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ONLY' in Adjectives Frequency: #37

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ONLY in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ONLY in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of ONLY in a Sentence

  1. Kahlil Spurlock:

    I was buying for my 20-year-old brother, who does buy resale, there are some items that are just so cool, like some streetwear, you can only find on resale.

  2. Ramille Shah:

    You have to house both the small ones and the large ones, and you have to have an environment that can provide cross-talk between these follicles, because that's how the natural ovary signals for only specific ones to ovulate.

  3. Sergio Monteiro:

    The privatisation is the only way to guarantee that TAP continues to exist, that it grows, that it adds routes and planes ... We believe that there is a national, political and social consensus for the privatisation to go ahead.

  4. James Russell Lowell:

    In creating, the only hard thing is to begin a grass blade's no easier to make than an oak.

  5. Thomas Paine, "The American Crisis":

    What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly. It is dearness only that gives everything its value.

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Translations for ONLY

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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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