Definition of One

Pronunciation: wŭn
a.1.Being a single unit, or entire being or thing, and no more; not multifold; single; individual.
The dream of Pharaoh is one.
- Gen. xli. 25.
O that we now had here
But one ten thousand of those men in England.
- Shak.
2.Denoting a person or thing conceived or spoken of indefinitely; a certain. "I am the sister of one Claudio" [Shak.], that is, of a certain man named Claudio.
3.Pointing out a contrast, or denoting a particular thing or person different from some other specified; - used as a correlative adjective, with or without the.
From the one side of heaven unto the other.
- Deut. iv. 32.
4.Closely bound together; undivided; united; constituting a whole.
The church is therefore one, though the members may be many.
- Bp. Pearson
5.Single in kind; the same; a common.
One plague was on you all, and on your lords.
- 1 Sam. vi. 4.
6.Single; unmarried.
Men may counsel a woman to be one.
- Chaucer.
All one
of the same or equal nature, or consequence; all the same; as, he says that it is all one what course you take.
One day
a - On a certain day, not definitely specified, referring to time past.
- Shak.
One day when Phoebe fair,
With all her band, was following the chase.
- Spenser.
Well, I will marry one day.
- Shak.
n.1.A single unit; as, one is the base of all numbers.
2.A symbol representing a unit, as 1, or i.
3.A single person or thing.
He will hate the one, and love the other.
- Matt. vi. 24.
That we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory.
- Mark x. 37.
After one
after one fashion; alike.
At one
in agreement or concord. See At one, in the Vocab.
- Chaucer.
Ever in one
continually; perpetually; always.
In one
in union; in a single whole.
- Chaucer.
One and one
singly; one at a time; one after another.
one on one
contesting an opponent individually; - in a contest.
- Dryden.
go one on one
to contest one opponent by oneself; - in a game, esp. basketball.
indef. pro1.Any person, indefinitely; a person or body; as, what one would have well done, one should do one's self.
It was well worth one's while.
- Hawthorne.
Against this sort of condemnation one must steel one's self as one best can.
- G. Eliot.
When any one heareth the word.
- Matt. xiii. 19.
She knew every one who was any one in the land of Bohemia.
- Compton Reade.
The Peloponnesians and the Athenians fought against one another.
- Jowett (Thucyd. ).
The gentry received one another.
- Thackeray.
v. t.1.To cause to become one; to gather into a single whole; to unite; to assimilite.
The rich folk that embraced and oned all their heart to treasure of the world.
- Chaucer.

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