alone

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English al one (alone, literally all one), contracted from the Old English phrase eall āna (entirely alone, solitary, single), equivalent to al- (all) +‎ one. Cognate with Scots allane (alone). Compare also West Frisian allinne (alone), Dutch alleen (alone), German allein (alone), Danish alene (alone). More at all, one.

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Adjective[edit]

alone (comparative more alone, superlative most alone)

  1. By oneself, solitary.
    I can't ask for help because I am alone.
  2. Apart from, or exclusive of, others.
    Jones alone could do it.
    • Richard Bentley (1662-1742)
      God, by whose alone power and conversation we all live, and move, and have our being.
  3. Considered separately.
    • 1915, Emerson Hough, The Purchase Price, Ch.I:
      “[…] it is not fair of you to bring against mankind double weapons ! Dangerous enough you are as woman alone, without bringing to your aid those gifts of mind suited to problems which men have been accustomed to arrogate to themselves.”
    • 2013 May 25, “No hiding place”, The Economist, volume 407, number 8837, page 74: 
      In America alone, people spent $170 billion on “direct marketing”—junk mail of both the physical and electronic varieties—last year. Yet of those who received unsolicited adverts through the post, only 3% bought anything as a result.
  4. Without equal.
    • 2013 August 23, Ian Traynor, “Rise of Europe's new autocrats”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 11, page 1: 
      Hungary's leader is not alone in eastern and southern Europe, where democratically elected populist strongmen increasingly dominate, deploying the power of the state and a battery of instruments of intimidation to crush dissent, demonise opposition, tame the media and tailor the system to their ends.
  5. (obsolete) Unique; rare; matchless.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)

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  • Used after what it modifies.

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Adverb[edit]

alone (not comparable)

  1. By one's self; apart from, or exclusive of, others; solo.
    She walked home alone.
  2. Without outside help.
    The job was to hard for me to do alone.
  3. Exclusively.
    The responsibility is theirs alone.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Unlike most focusing adverbs, alone typically appears after a noun phrase.
    Only the teacher knew vs. The teacher alone knew

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin halo.

Noun[edit]

alone m (plural aloni)

  1. halo
  2. glow

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