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pronoun (ONE THING/PERSON)    /wʌn/
A2 used to refer to a particular thing or person within a group or range of things or people that are possible or available: I've got a few books on Chinese food. You can borrow one if you like. Which one would you like? Please make a copy for everybody in the office and a few extra ones for the visitors. "Which cake would you like?" "The one at the front." French croissants are so much better than the English ones. There were lots of people standing watching, and not one of them offered to help. I've received no replies to my job applications - not a single one (= none). Chris is the one (= the person) with curly brown hair.Particular and individual not be one to do sth informal to never do something: I'm not one to criticize other people, as you know.Always and never be one for sth informal to like something very much: I've never been one for staying out late. He's a great one for the ladies.Liking Grammar:OneWe commonly use one and its plural ones as a substitute for a countable noun:See more
(Definition of one pronoun (ONE THING/PERSON) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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