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Overview of adj only

The adj only has 2 senses? (no senses from tagged texts)
1. lone, lonesome, only, sole, solitary

(being the only one; single and isolated from others; "the lone doctor in the entire county"; "a lonesome pine"; "an only child"; "the sole heir"; "the sole example"; "a solitary instance of cowardice"; "a solitary speck in the sky")

2. alone, only

(exclusive of anyone or anything else; "she alone believed him"; "cannot live by bread alone"; "I'll have this car and this car only")

Overview of adv only

The adv only has 7 senses? (first 6 from tagged texts)
1. (258) merely, simply, just, only, but

(and nothing more; "I was merely asking"; "it is simply a matter of time"; "just a scratch"; "he was only a child"; "hopes that last but a moment")

2. (226) entirely, exclusively, solely, alone, only

(without any others being included or involved; "was entirely to blame"; "a school devoted entirely to the needs of problem children"; "he works for Mr. Smith exclusively"; "did it solely for money"; "the burden of proof rests on the prosecution alone"; "a privilege granted only to him")

3. (13) only

(with nevertheless the final result; "He arrived only to find his wife dead"; "We won only to lose again in the next round")

4. (6) only

(in the final outcome; "These news will only make you more upset")

5. (4) only

(except that; "It was the same story; only this time she came out better")

6. (2) only, only if, only when

(never except when; "call me only if your cold gets worse")

7. only

(as recently as; "I spoke to him only an hour ago") © 2001-2013, Demand Media, all rights reserved. The database is based on Word Net a lexical database for the English language. see disclaimer
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