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English definition of “only”

only

adjective [before noun]     /ˈəʊn.li/ US  /ˈoʊn-/
A1 used to show that there is a single one or very few of something, or that there are no others : I was the only person on the train . Is this really the only way to do it? The only thing that matters is that the baby is healthy . It was the only thing I could do under the circumstances . Rita was the only person to complain .Single, double and multiple Grammar:OnlyOnly is an adjective or adverb.Grammar:Only as an adjectiveWe use only as an adjective to mean that there is just one or very few of something, or that there are no others:Grammar:Only as an adverbWe use only as an adverb to mean that something is limited to some people, things, an amount or an activity:Grammar:Only: positionAs an adjective, we use only in front of a noun or one, or before another adjective or a number:
(Definition of only adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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