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English definition of “if only”

if only

the reason for this is: I think you should get a job, if only to have something to do. If only also means that doing something simple would have made it possible to avoid something unpleasant: If only she had listened to me, she wouldn’t be in this mess. If only is also used to mean "I wish": If only I had more money.
(Definition of if only from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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