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Definition of lonely adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    lonely

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//ˈloʊnli//
     
    (lonelier, loneliest)
     
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  1. 1unhappy because you have no friends or people to talk to She lives alone and often feels lonely. As I didn't speak the language I grew lonelier and lonelier.
  2. 2(of a situation or period of time) sad and spent alone all those lonely nights at home watching TV
  3. 3[only before noun] (of places) where only a few people ever come or visit synonym isolated a lonely beach Which Word?alone / lone / lonely Alone, and on your own/by yourself (which are less formal and are the normal phrases used in spoken English) describe a person or thing that is separate from others. They do not mean that the person is unhappy:I like being alone in the house. I’m going to London by myself next week. I want to finish this on my own (= without anyone’s help). Lone/solitary/single mean that there is only one person or thing there;lone and solitary may sometimes suggest that the speaker thinks the person involved is lonely:a lone jogger in the park long, solitary walks Lonely/lonesome mean that you are alone and sad:a lonely child Sam was very lonely when he first moved to New York. The dog let out a lonesome howl.It can also describe places or activities that make you feel lonely:a lonely house the lonesome prairie
 
noun [uncountable] a period of loneliness in his life
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