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The ideas of a time are like the clothes of a season: they are as arbitrary, as much imposed by some superior will which is seldom explicit. They are utilitarian and political, the instruments of smooth-running government.Wyndham Lewis
|Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.|
- (UK) IPA: /ˈəʊn.li/, SAMPA: /@Un.li/
- (US) IPA: /ˈoʊn.li/, SAMPA: /oUn.li/
- help, file
- Hyphenation: on·ly
Adjectiveonly (not comparable)
- singular; part of a relatively small number
- he is the only doctor for miles
- without sibling; without a sibling of the same gender
- he is their only son, infact, an only child
- singularly superior; the best
- For what reason are the English words one and once pronounced so, while other words derived from one, like alone, only and atone, pronounced with a long o? Stressed vowels often became diphthongs over time (Latin bona → Italian buona and Spanish buena). A similar thing happened in the late Middle Ages to the English words one and once, first recorded circa 1400. The vowel sound underwent some changes, such as the pronunciation (from ōn → ōōōn → wōn → wōōn → wŏŏn → wŭn).
- without others or anything further; exclusively
- my heart is hers, and hers only
- no more than; just
- if there were only one more ticket!
- as recently as
- he left only moments ago
- but; except
- I would enjoy running only I have this broken leg
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