alone /əˈləʊn/


I. adjective, adverb

1. having no one else present; on one’s own

[as predic. adj.]

she was alone that evening
[as adv.]
he lives alone.
2. without others’ help or participation; single-handed

[as adv.]

team members are more effective than individuals working alone
[as predic. adj.]
they were not alone in dissenting from the advice.
3. [as adj.] isolated and lonely

she was terribly alone and exposed.
4. [as adv.] indicating that something is confined to the specified subject or recipient

he is answerable to Parliament alone
it was a smile for him alone.
5. used 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 centre alone.
II. phrases

1. go it alone

‹informal› act by oneself without assistance.

they lack the knowledge and confidence to go it alone.
2. leave someone/thing alone
a. abandon or desert someone or something

she was frightened because he had left her alone.
b. (also let someone/thing alone or leave/let well alone) stop disturbing, interfering with, or trying to improve someone or something

if you see him on his way to school, just leave him alone
she wished he would let her alone
take my advice and leave well alone.
III. derivatives


– origin Middle English: from all + one.

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