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Definition of Only


  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. Hence, figuratively: Alone, by reason of superiority; preeminent; chief.
  4. In one manner or degree; for one purpose alone; simply; merely; barely.
  5. So and no otherwise; no other than; exclusively; solely; wholly.
  6. Singly; without more; as, only-begotten.
  7. Above all others; particularly.
  8. Save or except (that); -- an adversative used elliptically with or without that, and properly introducing a single fact or consideration.

Only Quotations

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it.
Steve Jobs

A man of personality can formulate ideals, but only a man of character can achieve them.
Herbert Read

There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved. - George Sand
There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.
George Sand

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.
John F. Kennedy

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.
Audrey Hepburn
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Only Translations

only in Afrikaans is slegs, enigste, net, alleen
only in Danish is alene, kun
only in Dutch is pas, enkel, alleen, slechts, maar
only in Finnish is yksin, vain
only in German is einzig, nur, nur
only in Italian is singolo, solo, soltanto, unico
only in Latin is modo, tantum, solum, solus
only in Norwegian is alene
only in Swedish is blott, enda, endast, bara
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