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Definition of Only

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

The only way to predict the future is to have power to shape the future. - Eric Hoffer
The only way to predict the future is to have power to shape the future.
Eric Hoffer

The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best. - Epictetus
The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.
Epictetus

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

I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.
Robert Fulghum

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