Pronunciation of Only
/ˈə͡ʊnli/, /ˈə‍ʊnli/, /ˈəʊ_n_l_i/

Antonyms for only:

multiple, inclusive.

Synonyms for only:

Sense 1

scant, else, Excepting, nothing but, unmatched, sparingly, faintest, exiguous, miserly, mere, Excluding, Excepted, sparse, thinly, few, minimum, minimal.

Sense 2

unparalleled, least, one, incomparable, unequaled, nonpareil, scanty, little, unexampled, limited, slender, any, matchless.

Sense 3

pitiful, unrivaled, lightly, outside, peerless, bare.

Sense 4

passing, minority, particular.

Sense 5

beyond, apart.

Sense 6

thin, bar.

Sense 10



singly, alone.

all (adjective)


exclusively (adjective)


matchless (adjective)

nonpareil, incomparable, matchless.

peerless (adjective)


single (adjective)

single, individual, sole, unique, solitary, singular, lone, odd.

singular (adjective)

individual, one, apart, peerless, unaccompanied, solitary, solo, alone, exclusive, sole, unparalleled, matchless, lone, single, unequaled, unique, particular, unrivaled.

barely; exclusively (adverb)

plainly, hardly, entirely, wholly, just, purely, nothing but, but, simply, solely, merely, totally.

purely (adverb)


separately (adverb)

severally, individually.

completely (adverb)


exclusively (adverb)


merely (adverb)

simply, just.

Sense 2 (noun)

particular, one.

Sense 3 (noun)

unequaled, matchless, incomparable, Excepting, nonpareil, unexampled, Excluding, beyond, unmatched, unparalleled, peerless, unrivaled.

Sense 4 (noun)

scant, sparse, little, mere, minimum, few.

merely (noun)

barely, simply, solely, just.

only (noun)

entirely, solely, lonesome, sole, merely, but, alone, exclusive, only when, lone, just, exclusively, single, simply, solitary, only if.

solely (noun)

individually, singly, nothing but, severally.

Usage examples for only:

  • You say nothing; you only look at me. - "The Two Destinies", Wilkie Collins.
  • If only he knew what time it was. - "Half Portions", Edna Ferber.
  • If only he would come! - "John Marsh's Millions", Charles Klein Arthur Hornblow.

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