only

Primary Meanings of only

1.
advadj
without any others being included or involved
being the only one; single and isolated from others
2.
adv
and nothing more
3.
adv
in the final outcome
4.
adv
as recently as
5.
adv
except that
6.
adv
never except when
Full Definitions of only
1

adv without any others being included or involved

“a privilege granted only to him”
Synonyms:
alone, entirely, exclusively, solely

adj being the only one; single and isolated from others

“an only child”
Synonyms:
lone, lonesome, sole, solitary
single
existing alone or consisting of one entity or part or aspect or individual

adj exclusive of anyone or anything else

“I'll have this car and this car only
Synonyms:
alone
exclusive
excluding much or all; especially all but a particular group or minority
2

adv and nothing more

“he was only a child”
Synonyms:
but, just, merely, simply
3

adv in the final outcome

“These news will only make you more upset”

adv with nevertheless the final result

“He arrived only to find his wife dead”
“We won only to lose again in the next round”
4

adv as recently as

“I spoke to him only an hour ago”
5

adv except that

only this time she came out better”
6

adv never except when

“call me only if your cold gets worse”
Synonyms:
only if, only when

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