Only

Definition of Only

On´ly
a.1.One alone; single; as, the only man present; his only occupation.
2.Alone in its class; by itself; not associated with others of the same class or kind; as, an only child.
3.Alone, by reason of superiority; preëminent; chief.
adv.1.In one manner or degree; for one purpose alone; simply; merely; barely.
And to be loved himself, needs only to be known.
2.So and no otherwise; no other than; exclusively; solely; wholly.
Every imagination . . . of his heart was only evil.
- Gen. vi. 5.
3.Singly; without more; as, only-begotten.
4.Above all others; particularly.
His most only elected mistress.
- Marston.
conj.1.Save or except (that); - an adversative used elliptically with or without that, and properly introducing a single fact or consideration.
He might have seemed some secretary or clerk . . . only that his low, flat, unadorned cap . . . indicated that he belonged to the city.
- Sir W. Scott.

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