alone BrE [əˈləʊn]
NAmE [əˈloʊn]
adjective not before noun, adverb
1. without any other people
I don't like going out alone at night.
He lives alone.
Finally the two of us were alone together.
She was sitting all alone in the hall.
Tom is not alone in finding Rick hard to work with.
2. without the help of other people or things
It's hard bringing up children alone.
The assassin said he had acted alone.
3. lonely and unhappy or without any friends
Carol felt all alone in the world.
I've been so alone since you went away.
4. used after a noun or pronoun to show that the person or thing mentioned is the only one
You can't blame anyone else; you alone made the decision.
5. used after a noun or pronoun to emphasize one particular thing
The shoes alone cost £200.
more at time (alone) will tell at time n.
Idioms: go it alone let alone let somebody alone let something alone stand alone
Word Origin:
[alone] Middle English: from all + one.
Which Word?:
alone / lonely / lone
Alone, and on your own /by yourself (which are less formal and are the normal phrases used in spoken English), describe a person or thing that is separate from others. They do not mean that the person is unhappy: I like being alone in the house. I’m going to London by myself next week. I want to finish this on my own (= without anyone’s help) .
Lone/solitary/single mean that there is only one person or thing there; lone and solitary may sometimes suggest that the speaker thinks the person involved is lonely: a lone jogger in the park long, solitary walks
Lonely (NAmE also lonesome) means that you are alone and sad: a lonely child Sam was very lonely when he first moved to New York. It can also describe places or activities that make you feel lonely: a lonely house
Example Bank:
Don't touch me! Leave me alone!
Finally the two of us were alone together.
He felt lost and completely alone.
I felt vulnerable and very much alone.
I've never felt so alone as I do now.
She did not want to be alone with him.
I've been so alone since you went away.
He decided to go it alone and start his own business.
I don't like going out alone at night.
It's hard bringing up children alone.
The press photographers just won't leave her alone.
You are not alone in finding him hard to work with.

WordNet Dictionary:
1. isolated from others
- could be alone in a crowded room
- was alone with her thoughts
- I want to be alone
- he was alone when we met him
- she is alone much of the time
- the lone skier on the mountain
- a lonely fisherman stood on a tuft of gravel
- a lonely soul
- a solitary traveler
Syn: lone, lonely, solitary
- she alone believed him
- cannot live by bread alone
- I'll have this car and this car only
Syn: only
4. radically distinctive and without equal
- he is alone in the field of microbiology
- this theory is altogether alone in its penetration of the problem
- Bach was unique in his handling of counterpoint
- craftsmen whose skill is unequaled
- unparalleled athletic ability
- a breakdown of law unparalleled in our history
Syn: unique, unequaled, unequalled, unparalleled
1. without any others being included or involved
- was entirely to blame
- a school devoted entirely to the needs of problem children
- 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
Syn: entirely, exclusively, solely, only
2. without anybody else or anything else
- the child stayed home alone
- the pillar stood alone, supporting nothing
- he flew solo
Syn: solo, unaccompanied

Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
a.1.Quite by one's self; apart from, or exclusive of, others; single; solitary; - applied to a person or thing.
Alone on a wide, wide sea.
It is not good that the man should be alone.
2.Of or by itself; by themselves; without any thing more or any one else; without a sharer; only.
Man shall not live by bread alone.
The citizens alone should be at the expense.
3.Sole; only; exclusive.
God, by whose alone power and conversation we all live, and move, and have our being.
4.Hence; Unique; rare; matchless.
To let alone
to abstain from interfering with or molesting; to suffer to remain in its present state.
adv.1.Solely; simply; exclusively.

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