[ UK /ˈə‍ʊnli/ ]
[ US /ˈoʊnɫi/ ]
  1. except that
    It was the same story; only this time she came out better
  2. as recently as
    I spoke to him only an hour ago
  3. and nothing more
    it is simply a matter of time
    hopes that last but a moment
    I was merely asking
    just a scratch
    he was only a child
  4. never except when
    call me only if your cold gets worse
  5. without any others being included or involved
    the burden of proof rests on the prosecution alone
    he works for Mr. Smith exclusively
    a privilege granted only to him
    a school devoted entirely to the needs of problem children
    was entirely to blame
    did it solely for money
  6. with nevertheless the final result
    We won only to lose again in the next round
    He arrived only to find his wife dead
  7. in the final outcome
    These news will only make you more upset
  1. exclusive of anyone or anything else
    I'll have this car and this car only
    she alone believed him
    cannot live by bread alone
  2. being the only one; single and isolated from others
    an only child
    the sole example
    a solitary speck in the sky
    a lonesome pine
    the lone doctor in the entire county
    a solitary instance of cowardice
    the sole heir
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