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English definition of “one”

one

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:
(Definition of one pronoun (ONE THING/PERSON) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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