Definition of alone in English:


Syllabification: a·lone
Pronunciation: /əˈlōn

adjective & adverb

  • 1Having no one else present; on one’s own: [as predic. adjective]: she was alone that evening [as adverb]: he lives alone
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    • She knew her mother wouldn't approve of them spending an evening at home alone together.
    • The pressure inside the container is the sum of the pressures that each gas would exert if it were present alone.
    • Did he not know that it was unsafe to walk alone in the present circumstances?
  • 1.1Without others' help or participation; single-handed: team members are more effective than individuals working alone
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    • He raised four children alone as a single father and is now an independent consultant.
    • Why will we now have single officers on duty alone at night in prisons?
    • It was the work of a single individual, working alone and in secret.
    unaided, unassisted, without help, without assistance, single-handedly, solo, on one's own
  • 1.2 [as adjective] Isolated and lonely: she was terribly alone and exposed
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    • I think being a writer you never need to feel alone or lonely ever again because it's like you've created your own world.
    • I threatened to tell her but he says he would just laugh it off and make her think it is because I am alone and lonely.
    • I stayed awake in the dark, my eyes on the shadows, alone and lonely all night.
    lonely, isolated, solitary, deserted, abandoned, forsaken, forlorn, friendless
  • 1.3Having no companions in a particular position or course of action: they were not alone in dissenting from the advice
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    • Choosing a smaller waist over your health might sound crazy, but Jason is not alone.
    • Of course, the Celts are not alone in having tales about their own pre-history.
    • We think we're not alone in revering this, and in setting this as the paramount goal for the fiction we read.
  • 2 [as adverb] Indicating that something is confined to the specified subject or recipient: we agreed to set up such a test for him alone it is Congress alone that can declare war
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    • The trustee held its assets on trust for Sealark alone subject only to the powers of issue and redemption.
    • Its motto is not confined to the school alone - it reflects the spirit of the entire Ellangowan community.
    • The use of the letters will not be confined to organic farmers alone.
    only, solely, just; and no one else, and nothing else, and no one but, and nothing but
  • 2.1Used to emphasize that only one factor out of several is being considered and that the whole is greater or more extreme: there were fifteen churches in the town center alone
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    • I believe this factor alone constitutes appropriate circumstances for allowing a premium.
    • Our genes are not the product of our present environment alone, but also of all the environments our genetic ancestors experienced.
    • There are some cars whose names alone present a serious obstacle to the potential buyer.


go it alone

informal Act by oneself without assistance.
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  • The course is aimed particularly at people who enjoy walking but lack the confidence to go it alone.
  • At first, a teacher accompanied him until he gained enough confidence to go it alone.
  • Mish couldn't make it for a photo expedition, so I went it alone.

leave someone/something alone

  • 1Abandon or desert someone or something.
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    • The construction of the hotel was mysteriously abandoned, and the grand building was left alone.
    • After all this activity, she is left alone for a solo that looked rather pointless, as if it had been tagged on for her benefit.
    • They both darted down the hallway, and with that, Stevey and I were left alone together.
  • 2 (also let someone/something alone or leave/let well enough alone) Stop disturbing or interfering with someone or something.
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    • We ask the council to stop this proposal and leave the bus stop alone.
    • Zach included me for a while, but Liz started to give me the impression I was interfering, so I left them alone.
    • We've had to stop him from coming in now because he just won't leave our customers alone.

let alone

see let1.



Pronunciation: /əˈlōn(n)əs/
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  • Both of the characters feel the terrible pain of aloneness and separateness felt also by both Linnet and Owl of the changeling stories.
  • The name of Victoria gives you a clever, quick, analytical mind, but you suffer with a great deal of self-consciousness, lack of confidence, and much aloneness because of misunderstandings.
  • I believe that what you do and what I do is very important in this country, because there are so many people who sit at home alone and don't recognize their sense of aloneness.


Middle English: from all + one.

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