Definition of alone in English:

alone

Pronunciation /əˈlōn/ /əˈloʊn/

adjective

  • 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.’
    by oneself, on one's own, all alone, solo, lone, solitary, single, singly
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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, 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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    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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adverb

  • 1On one's own.

    ‘he lives alone’
    1. 1.1Without others' help or participation; single-handedly.
      ‘team members are more effective than individuals working alone’
  • 2Indicating 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’
    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’

Phrases

    go it alone
    informal
    • 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’

Origin

Middle English from all+ one.

Pronunciation

alone

/əˈlōn/ /əˈloʊn/