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lonely

adjective uk   /ˈləʊn.li/ us    /ˈloʊn-/
B1 unhappy because you are not with other people: She gets lonely now that all the kids have left home. the lonely life of a widowerB2 A lonely place is a long way from where people live: a lonely stretch of Arizona highway
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