• (RP) IPA: /əˈləʊn/
  • (America) IPA: /əˈloʊn/, enPR: ə-lōnʹ
  • (Hong Kong) IPA: /ɐˈluŋ/


  1. By oneself, solitary.
    I can't ask for help because I am alone.
    • 1611, King James Version, Book of Genesis ii. 18
      It is not good that the man should be alone.
    • 1798, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
      Alone on a wide, wide sea.
  2. Apart from, or exclusive of, others.
    Jones alone could do it.
    • God, by whose alone power and conversation we all live, and move, and have our being.
  3. Considered separately.
    • 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter I, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314 ↗, page 0029 ↗:
      “[…] it is not fair of you to bring against mankind double weapons ! Dangerous enough you are as woman alone, without bringing to your aid those gifts of mind suited to problems which men have been accustomed to arrogate to themselves.”
  4. Without equal.
  5. (obsolete) Unique; rare; matchless.
  • German: allein
  • Russian: оди́н
  • Spanish: solo, a solas
Translations Adverb

alone (not comparable)

  1. By oneself; apart from, or exclusive of, others; solo.
    Synonyms: by one's lonesome, lonelily, on one's lonesome, singlely, solitarily, solo, Thesaurus:solitarily
    She walked home alone.
  2. Without outside help.
    Synonyms: by oneself, by one's lonesome, on one's lonesome, singlehanded, singlehandedly, Thesaurus:by oneself
    The job was too hard for me to do alone.
  3. Exclusively.
    Synonyms: entirely, solely, Thesaurus:solely
    The responsibility is theirs alone.
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