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English definition of “only”

only

adverb     /ˈəʊn.li/ US  /ˈoʊn-/
only just B1 used to refer to something that happens almost immediately after something else : People were leaving and I'd only just arrived . We'd only just set off when the car broke down.In the past almost not: There was only just enough food to go round. We arrived in time for our flight , but only just (= but we almost did not).Merely and barelyAlmost Grammar:Not only … but alsoWe use not only X but also Y in formal contexts:
(Definition of only adverb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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