Definition of lone adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ləʊn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//loʊn//
    [only before noun]
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  1. 1without any other people or things synonym solitary a lone sailor crossing the Atlantic The attack was carried out by a lone gunman in a crowded shopping centre.
  2. 2(especially British English) without a husband, wife or partner to share the care of children synonym single a lone mother/parent/father Most lone parent families are headed by women. Nine out of ten lone parents are women. Which Word?alone / lonely / lone 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 (North American English also lonesome) means that you are alone and sad:a lonely child Sam was very lonely when he first moved to New York. It can also describe places or activities that make you feel lonely:a lonely house More Like This Adjectives that only come before a noun all-round, antenatal, aspiring, chief, dedicated, eventual, express, high-flying, live, lone, mere, mitigating, rogue, sheer, standout, ulterior, utterSee worksheet.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: shortening of alone.Idioms a person who prefers to be alone
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