['əʊnlɪ] or ['onli]
(adv.) with nevertheless the final result; 'He arrived only to find his wife dead'; 'We won only to lose again in the next round'.
(adv.) in the final outcome; 'These news will only make you more upset'.
(adv.) as recently as; 'I spoke to him only an hour ago'.
(adv.) except that; 'It was the same story; only this time she came out better'.
(adv.) never except when; 'call me only if your cold gets worse'.
(a.) One alone; single; as, the only man present; his only occupation.
(a.) Alone in its class; by itself; not associated with others of the same class or kind; as, an only child.
(a.) Hence, figuratively: Alone, by reason of superiority; preeminent; chief.
(a.) In one manner or degree; for one purpose alone; simply; merely; barely.
(a.) So and no otherwise; no other than; exclusively; solely; wholly.
(a.) Singly; without more; as, only-begotten.
(a.) Above all others; particularly.
(conj.) Save or except (that); -- an adversative used elliptically with or without that, and properly introducing a single fact or consideration.
a. Sole, solitary, alone, single, this and no other.
ad. . Merely, barely, simply, and nothing else.. Solely, singly.
SYN:Single, sole, alone, solitary
ANT:Many, together, mixed
adj. single in number or kind: this above all others: alone.—adv. in one manner: for one purpose: singly: merely: barely: entirely.—conj. but: except that.—n. On′liness.
- They possess significance only as movements toward something away from what is now going on. 约翰·杜威. 民主与教育.
- Well, you're not geese, you're swans--anything you like, only do, do leave Miss Sedley alone. 威廉·梅克比斯·萨克雷. 名利场.
- I suppose you are the only independent prince in the ?gean? 弗格斯·休姆. 奇幻岛.
- The lad only answered by turning his cynical young face, half-arch, half-truculent, towards the paternal chair. 夏洛蒂·勃朗特. 雪莉.
- He took pains to prove that he only just tolerated me. 夏洛蒂·勃朗特. 雪莉.
- The vestry was larger than I should have supposed it to be, judging from the outside only. 威尔基·柯林斯. 白衣女人.
- Her lover was no longer to her an exciting man whom many women strove for, and herself could only retain by striving with them. 托马斯·哈代. 还乡.
- Of the species which do change, only a few within the same country change at the same time; and all modifications are slowly effected. 查尔斯·达尔文. 物种起源.
- The large and powerful engines on the Great Western Railway have, however, only two driving wheels, which are 8 feet in diameter. 弗雷德里克·科利尔·贝克维尔. 伟大的事实.
- There were only these few words in her neatly flowing hand:-- I have told Mrs. Casaubon. 乔治·艾略特. 米德尔马契.
- We can here consider only a few cases; of these, some of the most difficult to explain are presented by fish. 查尔斯·达尔文. 物种起源.
- As yet only China knew of the Huns; there were no Turks in Western Turkestan or anywhere else then, no Tartars in the world. 赫伯特·乔治·威尔斯. 世界史纲.
- I started, but was only discomposed a moment; I knew the voice and speaker. 夏洛蒂·勃朗特. 维莱特.
- By only raising my voice, and saying any thing two or three times over, she is sure to hear; but then she is used to my voice. 简·奥斯汀. 爱玛.
- His little failings would only have endeared him to you the more. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 大卫·科波菲尔.
- And that third person could only have come in through the window. 阿瑟·柯南·道尔. 福尔摩斯回忆录.
- He only told me a little about his parents and grandparents, and almost all in answer to my questions. 乔治·艾略特. 米德尔马契.
- The animal was not there at all, only the heavy, broken beauty. 戴维·赫伯特·劳伦斯. 恋爱中的女人.
- It has only just rained into them. 托马斯·哈代. 还乡.
- Emma would not have smiled for the world, and only said, Is Mr. Elton gone on foot to Donwell? 简·奥斯汀. 爱玛.
- He's good enough for the occasion: when the people have made up their mind as they are making it up now, they don't want a man--they only want a vote. 乔治·艾略特. 米德尔马契.
- It is only in the conviction that I may trust you never to betray me, that I can proceed. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 我们共同的朋友.
- It is only a hostile average-sensual-man background against which the philosophers and poets stand out. 赫伯特·乔治·威尔斯. 世界史纲.
- I have only a little time here, she said, but I would have you to know the whole truth. 阿瑟·柯南·道尔. 福尔摩斯归来记.
- Even if water is only moderately hard, much soap is lost. 伯莎M.克拉克. 科学通论.
- Southey spoke of him as a miraculous young man, at whose talents he could only wonder. 李贝. 西洋科学史.
- By no means, Alexandros; for by so doing we would close up the only avenue of escape left to us. 弗格斯·休姆. 奇幻岛.
- So I am; but it is only a snip. 夏洛蒂·勃朗特. 雪莉.
- I can only suppose now, that it was a part of his policy, as a very clever man, habitually to deceive his own instruments. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 远大前程.
- The ceiling was only a foot or two above my head, and with my hand upraised I could feel its hard, rough surface. 阿瑟·柯南·道尔. 福尔摩斯历险记.