Translation of "only" - English-Spanish dictionary


adverb uk /ˈəʊn·li/ us /ˈoʊn·li/

A1 not more than a particular size or amount

It’ll only take a few minutes.
She’s only twelve.

A2 not anyone or anything else

The offer is available to UK residents only.

B1 used to mean that something happened a very short time ago

She’s only just got here.

B1 used to say that something is not important, or that you did not mean to upset someone

Don’t worry – it’s only a scratch.
I was only joking.

B1 not in any other place

These birds are only found in New Zealand.
if only

used to express a wish for something that is impossible or unlikely to happen

If only I knew the answer!
I only hope/wish

used to emphasize what you are hoping or wishing for

sólo espero/deseo
I only hope you know what you’re doing.
I only wish that I had more time.
not only… (but) also…

used to say that more than one thing is true

no sólo… (sino que) también…
Not only did he turn up late, he also forgot his books.
adjective uk /ˈəʊnli/ us /ˈoʊn·li/

A1 used to mean that there are no others

This could be our only chance.
You’re the only person here I know.
conjunction uk /ˈəʊnli/ us /ˈoʊn·li/


sólo que
I would pay for it myself, only I don’t have the money.

(Translation of “only” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


adjective /ˈəunli/

without any others of the same type

He has no brothers or sisters – he’s an only child
the only book of its kind.
only too


I’ll be only too pleased to come.

(Translation of “only” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)