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on·ly

only

 
pronunciation:
on li
parts of speech:
adverb, adjective, conjunction
part of speech: adverb
definition 1: as the single instance.
Only you understand me.
synonyms:
just, solely
similar words:
exclusively
definition 2: at least; just.
If he would only listen to me, he would be much better off.
synonyms:
at least
similar words:
but, merely, simply
 
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: alone or single; being without others.
The pilot was the only person alive after the plane crash.
synonyms:
sole
similar words:
alone, exclusive, individual, lone, single, solitary, unique
definition 2: without a brother or sister.
Both my parents were only children.
 
part of speech: conjunction
definition: except that; but.
I would have gone, only my father didn't want me to.
synonyms:
but, except