- apart from another or others; solitary
- without anyone or anything else: one man alone could lift it
- without equal; unique: he stands alone in the field of microbiology
- to the exclusion of others; only: she alone believed him
- leave alone, leave be, let alone, let be ⇒ to refrain from annoying or interfering with
- leave well alone, leave well enough alone, let well alone, let well enough alone ⇒ to refrain from interfering with something that is satisfactory
- let alone ⇒ much less; not to mention: he can't afford beer, let alone whisky
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
a•lone /əˈloʊn/USA pronunciation adj.WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
a•lone•ness, n. [uncountable]
- separate, apart;
by oneself:[be + ~]alone in the wilderness.
- to the exclusion of all others or all else:[after a noun or pronoun]You can't live by bread alone.
- [be + ~] unequaled;
nothing else being necessary:[after a noun]Her name alone was enough to draw a crowd.
- by oneself:She lives alone.
exclusively:This glassware is sold by us alone.
- without aid or help:The baby can stand alone.
- Idioms leave or let alone, [leave/let + object + ~] to refrain from bothering or interfering with:left him alone with his thoughts.
- Idioms leave or let well enough alone, to leave things as they are:Let's leave well enough alone and stop tinkering.
- Idioms let alone, not to mention:too tired to walk, let alone run.
a•lone•ness, n. [uncountable]
a•lone (ə lōn′),USA pronunciation adj. (used predicatively)
- separate, apart, or isolated from others:I want to be alone.
- to the exclusion of all others or all else:One cannot live by bread alone.
unexcelled:He is alone among his peers in devotion to duty.
- leave alone:
- to allow (someone) to be by himself or herself:Leave him alone--he wants to rest.
- to refrain from annoying or interfering with:The youngsters wouldn't leave the dog alone, and he finally turned on them.
- let alone:
- to refrain from annoying or interfering with.
- not to mention:He was too tired to walk, let alone run.
- let well enough alone, to be satisfied with the existing situation;
refrain from attempting to change conditions:Marriages are often destroyed by relatives who will not let well enough alone.
solely:She prefers to live alone.
- without aid or help:The baby let go of the side of the crib and stood alone.
- Middle English al one all (wholly) one 1250–1300
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged single, solitary;
unaccompanied, unattended. Alone, lone, lonely, lonesome all imply being without companionship or association. Alone is colorless unless reinforced by all;
it then suggests solitariness or desolation:alone in the house; all alone on an island.Lone is somewhat poetic or is intended humorously:a lone sentinel.Lonely implies a sad or disquieting feeling of isolation. Lonesome connotes emotion, a longing for companionship.
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged accompanied.
- 4, 5. See leave1.
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alone /əˈləʊn/ adj , adv (postpositive)
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