Definition of alone in English:

alone

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Pronunciation: /əˈləʊn
 
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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?
Synonyms
by oneself, on one's own, all alone, solo, lone, solitary, single, singly; unescorted, without an escort, unattended, unchaperoned, partnerless, companionless; Latinsolus
Australian/New Zealand informal on one's pat, on one's Pat Malone
1.1Without others' help or participation; single-handed: [as adverb]: team members are more effective than individuals working alone [as predic. adjective]: they were not alone in dissenting from the advice
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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.
Synonyms
unaided, unassisted, without help, without assistance, by one's own efforts, under one's own steam, independently, single-handedly, solo, on one's own, all alone, off one's own bat, on one's own initiative
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.
Synonyms
lonely, isolated, solitary, deserted, abandoned, forsaken, forlorn, friendless, desolate
2 [as adverb] Indicating that something is confined to the specified subject or recipient: he is answerable to Parliament alone it was a smile for him alone
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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.
Synonyms
only, solely, just, uniquely, exclusively; and no one else, and nothing else, to the exclusion of everyone/everything else, no one but, 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 centre 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.

Origin

Middle English: from all + one.

Phrases

go it alone

informal Act by oneself without assistance: they lack the knowledge and confidence to go it alone
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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/thing alone

1Abandon or desert someone or something: she was frightened because he had left her alone
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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/thing alone or leave/let well alone) Stop disturbing, interfering with, or trying to improve someone or something: if you see him on his way to school, just leave him alone she wished he would let her alone take my advice and leave well alone
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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.

Derivatives

aloneness

noun
More example sentences
  • 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.

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