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  Dictionary Definition of only

only
adverb
1. without others or anything further; alone; solely: only he remained.
2. no more than; merely; but; just: if you would only consent.
3. singly; as the only one: the only begotten Son of God.
4. as recently as: he was here only a moment ago.
5. exclusively: I work here only.
-- adjective
6. being the single one or the relatively few of the kind, or sole: an only son.
7. single in superiority or distinction.
-- conjunction
8. but (introducing a single restriction, restraining circumstance, or the like): I would have gone, only you objected.
9. except that; but or except for: only for him you would not be here.
-- phrase
10. only too, very; extremely: she was only too pleased to come.
[ME oonli ( ch ), OE anlic, var. of Šnlic, from an ONE + -lic -LY ]