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English definition of “only”

only

conjunction     /ˈəʊn.li/ US  /ˈoʊn-/
C2 used to show what is the single or main reason why something mentioned in the first part of the sentence cannot be performed or is not completely true : I'd invite Frances to the party , only (= but I will not because) I don't want her husband to come. I'd phone him myself, only (= but I cannot because) I've got to go out. I'd be happy to do it for you, only (= but) don't expect it to be done before next week . This fabric is similar to wool , only (= except that it is) cheaper .Connecting words which express a contrast
(Definition of only conjunction from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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