Definition: 'Only'

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  • Length: 4 characters
  • Syllables: 2

Results for word: only

Lexical Information:
  • One of the 220 words in the Dolch high frequency list
  • One of the 850 words in Basic English
  • In the top 2,000 words in the Brown Corpus
  • Common word- this is one of the thousand words most frequently used in English.
  • A list of about 3,000 words defined as easy for the Dale-Chall Readability Formula
Grammatical Information:
  • Adverb
  • Adverbs can modify Verbs, Adjectives, Adverbs, Nouns, Pronouns and whole Sentences
Usage Notes:
  • IF ONLY is used to express regret, exactly like I WISH
  • ONLY usually modifies the word it comes before
  • 'ONLY I saw her' means that no-one else saw her
  • 'I ONLY saw her' means that I didn't speak to her or have any other contact
  • 'I saw ONLY her' means I didn't see anyone else

Related Glossary Definitions:

There's only one

Dictionary Definitions

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Similar Words (using 'onli' as word stem):

'onli' + Suffix