Meaning of “alone” in the English Dictionary

"alone" in British English

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aloneadjective [ after verb ], adverb

uk /əˈləʊn/ us /əˈloʊn/

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 in finding their language under pressure from the spread of English.
I don't like the man and I'm not alone in that (= other people agree).

More examples

  • It's inexcusable that such young children were left in the house alone.
  • Go away and leave me alone!
  • I got the impression that they'd rather be alone.
  • It appears that she left the party alone.
  • You're mad to walk home alone at this time of night.

aloneadjective [ after noun ]

uk /əˈləʊn/ us /əˈloʊn/

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 hotel bills.
Price alone is not a reliable indicator of quality.

More examples

  • Words alone cannot convey the untold misery endured by people in these refugee camps.
  • He truly believes he can cure himself by willpower alone.
  • Is it more democratic to hold a referendum, rather than let the government alone decide?
  • These problems might not be solved by money alone, but they will assuredly not be solved without it.
  • This year alone eight police officers have been killed in the line of duty.

(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 discuss your proposal when we’re alone (= when other people present have left).

aloneadjective [ not gradable ]

us /əˈloʊn/

alone adjective [ not gradable ] (ONLY)

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)