Definition of alone in English:


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  • 1Having no one else present.

    ‘she was alone that evening’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘But it was so large I could not eat it all, and dining alone there was no-one else to assist!’
    • ‘Do you and the missus talk about directing when you're alone together, I ask, the arched eyebrow obvious in my voice.’
    • ‘That sounds very much like a bribe, but Pearson insists that adults need time when they can be together alone.’
    • ‘It was the first time James and I had been together alone for over six years.’
    • ‘That winter the two writers were alone together for the first time, but it was not an idyllic experience.’
    • ‘There were a lot of opportunities for them to be alone together discussing her graduation project.’
    • ‘Once they are alone together, Harry is surprised to find himself drawn to Erica for all the right reasons.’
    • ‘After a show, when it was just the two of us alone together, he would leap up in the air three times to tell me how much he liked the work.’
    • ‘Don't you notice the tension between the two whenever they're left alone together?’
    • ‘It was going to be up to me to see that Patty and Folsom weren't ever left alone together.’
    • ‘We hit the streets of L.A. to do nothing but shop and spend time alone together - that was the plan.’
    • ‘Even as very young children they would sit quietly alone and talk together.’
    • ‘Today was the first time we'd ever been alone together when one of your stooges wasn't listening in.’
    • ‘After nearly two months we were finally alone together again but he made no effort to kiss me this time.’
    • ‘They'd been alone together, almost as if they were in their own private little world.’
    • ‘Most of the time Brady joined them, but there were plenty of times for them to be together alone.’
    • ‘In contrast to the cluttered runner up pages, the winning designs are presented alone.’
    all alone, solo, lone, solitary, single
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    1. 1.1Having no help or participation from others.
      ‘they were not alone in dissenting from the advice’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They can usually purchase media on more favourable terms than a single company acting alone.’
      • ‘She has merit and has achieved thigh power alone and unaided.’
      • ‘Many Alto programs can be controlled with the mouse alone independent of a keyboard.’
      • ‘On a very serious note, I just don't know how single parents cope with this alone.’
      • ‘Raising a family alone can provide a host of obstacles, so single parents are clubbing together to help each other out.’
      • ‘He had been manning a guard post alone.’
      • ‘What kind of doctors are we training who have never had to undertake a clinic unaided or cope alone with an unexpected event during surgery?’
      • ‘Neither approach alone can begin to present a complete picture of the writers involved.’
      • ‘Both work fantastically well alone but together they're unbeatable.’
      • ‘No one will be asked to work alone but together great things can be achieved.’
      • ‘Both women were sopranos, and we saw them sing alone and together a number of times.’
      • ‘It is by the strength of our common endeavour we achieve more together than we achieve alone.’
      • ‘It is for the participating individuals alone to decide what the terms of their marriage shall be.’
      • ‘Only candidates who secure more than 50 per cent of the votes alone must be declared elected.’
      • ‘Trudy called in desperation, but she had flown off to let Trudy face this test alone.’
      unaided, unassisted, solo, all alone
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    2. 1.2Isolated and lonely.
      ‘she was terribly alone and exposed’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She was supported by a small pension and lived alone and friendless in a small rented room.’
      • ‘I am working on my fears of abandonment, of being alone and unloved, of starting over and of success and failure.’
      • ‘It was never a good feeling to seem alone and friendless wherever you were.’
      • ‘He was surrounded by his family and friends yet still felt alone and helpless.’
      • ‘Reading will save me from looking too pathetically alone and friendless all day.’
      • ‘She looked away and her eye caught a man lounging in the corner, looking alone and forlorn.’
      • ‘So, when El returned to the garden he found the man alone and forlorn, grieving for his departed wife.’
      • ‘When I am alone, in the evenings of my solitude, the presence of this other shadow makes me feel secure.’
      • ‘Whenever we feel particularly alone or far from God, then we are in the wilderness.’
      • ‘Assure that unhappy little girl inside you that she is not alone and unloved.’
      • ‘I was scared and alone and had no indication of what was going on in the nursery.’
      lonely, isolated, solitary, deserted, abandoned, forsaken, forlorn, friendless, desolate
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/əˈlōn/ /əˈloʊn/


  • 1On one's own.

    • ‘he lives alone’
    by oneself, on one's own, solo, singly
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    1. 1.1Without others' help or participation; single-handedly.
      • ‘team members are more effective than individuals working alone’
      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
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  • 2Indicating that something is confined to the specified subject or recipient.

    ‘we agreed to set up such a test for him alone’
    • ‘it is you alone who can decide the kind of life you want to live’
    only, solely, just, uniquely, exclusively
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    1. 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’



/əˈlōn/ /əˈloʊn/


    go it alone
    • Act by oneself without assistance.

      • ‘they lack the knowledge and confidence to go it alone’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We pretty much went it alone with the exception of a few people, and they're dropping like flies as part of the coalition.’
      • ‘Without further ado he resigned from all positions and went it alone, collecting a wealth of frictional experiences on the way.’
      • ‘There were opportunities to get better deals and other financial charges that we could shed if we went it alone.’
      • ‘But the man who led England's successful bid six years ago admits he advised the Scots they would have had a better chance of winning the UEFA vote this December if they had gone it alone without the Irish.’
      • ‘She also told me that ever since I'd gone it alone in life, I'd done everything right and that even though she was merely a neighbour, she was proud of me as if I were her own.’
      • ‘Until that time, the upstart society had gone it alone, taking over as the city-authorized fundraising arm for the tram project.’
      • ‘They've gone it alone, when they should have assembled a whole team.’
    leave someone or something alone
    • 1Abandon or desert someone or something.

      ‘she was frightened because he had left her alone’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Audrey and Sid always do this - they invite the both of us along, but then go off and leave us alone…together.’
      • ‘After the truck was declared safe to leave alone, a tow truck arrived to pull the wreckage away.’
      • ‘A tram sped away from a stop leaving a five-year-old girl alone on the platform before her mum had time to get off.’
      • ‘There is a small part of me that is telling me not to leave them alone, but the majority of my head wishes to go to bed.’
      • ‘She wished that she hadn't left them alone in the house.’
      • ‘But suddenly, their laughter was stopped by a sudden thunder, and they ran, leaving the boy alone.’
      • ‘Avoid falls - never leave your baby alone on any elevated surface such as a changing table or sofa.’
    • 2

      (also let someone or something alone)
      Stop disturbing or interfering with someone or something.

      ‘if you see him on his way to school, just leave him alone’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The only way to truly cherish an ancient monument or other historic feature is to leave it alone, avoid it, plan around it.’
      • ‘Kathy smiled and left Leah alone because she saw she had touched a chord with this conversation.’
      • ‘Did you think that some ancient wizard just creates the portal in some abandoned area and just leaves it alone forever?’
      • ‘Yep, leave them alone… if they are bothered they are liable to abandon the nest.’
      • ‘I knew that the only way for Leslie to leave me alone about the whole thing would be to make her feel guilty.’
      • ‘She wished she could go back and tell herself to leave that whole treasure chest alone.’
      • ‘So when an adult would ask me, I'd tell them one or the other and they'd smile and leave me alone.’
    leave well enough alone
    • Stop disturbing, interfering with, or trying to improve someone or something.

      • ‘he should recognize when to leave well enough alone’


Middle English from all+ one.