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Meaning of “if only” in the English Dictionary

"if only" in British English

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if only

B1 used when you ​want to say how doing something would make it ​possible to ​avoid something ​unpleasant: If only she'd ​listen to what he's saying, I'm ​sure they could ​solve the ​problem.
(Definition of if only from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"if only" in American English

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if only

the ​reason for this is: I ​think you should get a ​job, if only to have something to do.
If only also ​means that doing something ​simple would have made it ​possible to ​avoid something ​unpleasant: If only she had ​listened to me, she wouldn’t be in this ​mess.
If only is also used to ​mean "I ​wish": If only I had more ​money.
(Definition of if only from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “if only”
in Chinese (Simplified) 只要,倘若,要是…
in Chinese (Traditional) 只要,倘若,要是…
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