1. [ adverb ] and nothing more
Synonyms: just merely simply but

"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"

Related terms: bare bare bare
2. [ adverb ] without any others being included or involved
Synonyms: alone solely exclusively entirely

"was entirely to blame" "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"

Related terms: exclusive exclusive exclusive
3. [ adverb ] with nevertheless the final result

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

4. [ adverb ] in the final outcome

"These news will only make you more upset"

5. [ adverb ] except that

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

6. [ adverb ] never except when
Synonyms: only_when only_if

"call me only if your cold gets worse"

7. [ adjective ] being the only one; single and isolated from others
Synonyms: lonesome sole solitary lone

"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"

Related terms: single
8. [ adverb ] as recently as

"I spoke to him only an hour ago"

9. [ adjective ] exclusive of anyone or anything else
Synonyms: alone

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

Related terms: exclusive
Similar spelling:   Onley