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Meaning of “alone” in the English Dictionary

"alone" in British English

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aloneadjective [after verb], adverb

uk   /əˈləʊn/  us   /-ˈloʊn/
A2 without other ​people: He ​likes being alone in the ​house. She ​decided to ​climb the ​mountain alone. Do you like ​living alone? At last, we're alone together (= there are just the two of us here). The Swedes are not alone infindingtheirlanguage under ​pressure from the ​spread of ​English. I don't like the man and I'm not alone in that (= other ​peopleagree).

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aloneadjective [after noun]

uk   /əˈləʊn/  us   /-ˈloʊn/
C2 without any ​others: She alone ​needs to ​decide what to do (= no one ​else can do it for her). These ​facts alone (= ​even if nothing ​else is ​considered) show that he's not to be ​trusted. He won't get the ​job through ​charm alone (= he will need something ​else). The ​airfare alone would use up all my ​money, never ​mind the ​hotelbills. Price alone is not a ​reliableindicator of ​quality.

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(Definition of alone from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"alone" in American English

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aloneadjective, adverb

 us   /əˈloʊn/
  • alone adjective, adverb (WITHOUT PEOPLE)

without other ​people: She ​decided to ​climb the ​mountain alone. We can ​discussyourproposal when we’re alone (= when other ​peoplepresent have ​left).

aloneadjective [not gradable]

 us   /əˈloʊn/
without any ​others, or only: I ​based my ​decision on her ​recommendation alone.
(Definition of alone from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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