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alone - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'alone' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Alone [ a.]
- Quite by one's self; apart from, or exclusive of, others; single; solitary; -- applied to a person or thing.
- Of or by itself; by themselves; without any thing more or any one else; without a sharer; only.
- Sole; only; exclusive.
- Hence; Unique; rare; matchless.
2 . Alone [ adv.]
- Solely; simply; exclusively.

Meaning of 'alone' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . alone [ r]
Meaning (1):
- without any others being included or involved
Example in sentence:
  • a privilege granted only to him;
  • a school devoted entirely to the needs of problem children;
  • did it solely for money;
  • he works for Mr. Smith exclusively;
  • the burden of proof rests on the prosecution alone;
  • was entirely to blame
Meaning (2):
- without anybody else or anything else
Example in sentence:
  • he flew solo;
  • the child stayed home alone;
  • the pillar stood alone, supporting nothing
3 . alone [ s]
Meaning (3):
- radically distinctive and without equal
Example in sentence:
  • a breakdown of law unparalleled in our history;
  • Bach was unique in his handling of counterpoint;
  • craftsmen whose skill is unequaled;
  • he is alone in the field of microbiology;
  • this theory is altogether alone in its penetration of the problem;
  • unparalleled athletic ability
Meaning (4):
- lacking companions or companionship
Example in sentence:
  • a lonely fisherman stood on a tuft of gravel;
  • a lonely soul;
  • a solitary traveler;
  • he was alone when we met him;
  • she is alone much of the time;
  • the lone skier on the mountain
Meaning (5):
- exclusive of anyone or anything else
Example in sentence:
  • cannot live by bread alone;
  • I'll have this car and this car only;
  • she alone believed him
Meaning (6):
- isolated from others
Example in sentence:
  • could be alone in a crowded room;
  • I want to be alone;
  • was alone with her thoughts