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only

adverb
 
 
/ˈəʊnli/
NOT MORE A1 not more than a particular size or amount: It'll only take a few minutes. She's only fifteen.Merely and barelyAlmost
NO ONE/NOTHING ELSE A2 not anyone or anything else: The offer is available to UK residents only.Single, double and multiple
RECENTLY B1 used to mean that something happened very recently: She's only just finished writing it.In the past
not only ... (but) also B2 used to say that one thing is true and another thing is true too, especially a surprising thing: Not only did he turn up late, he also forgot his books.Also, extra, and in addition
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