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ONLY, a.

1. Single; one along; as, John was the only man present.

2. This and no other. This is an only child.

3. This above all others. He is the only man for music.



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ONLY, a.

1. Single; one along; as, John was the only man present.

2. This and no other. This is an only child.

3. This above all others. He is the only man for music.

ON-LY, a. [Sax. aenlic, one-like.]

  1. Single; one alone; as, John was the only man present.
  2. This and no other. This is an only child.
  3. This above all others. He is the only man for music. – Johnson.

ON-LY, adv.

  1. Singly; merely; barely; in one manner or for one purpose alone. I propose my thoughts only as conjecture. – Burnet. And to be loved himself, needs only to be known. – Dryden.
  2. This and no other wise. Every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. – Gen. vi.
  3. Singly; without more; as, only begotten.

On"ly
  1. One alone; single; as, the only man present; his only occupation.
  2. In one manner or degree; for one purpose alone; simply; merely; barely.

    And to be loved himself, needs only to be known. Dryden.

  3. Save or except (that); -- an adversative used elliptically with or without that, and properly introducing a single fact or consideration.

    He might have seemed some secretary or clerk . . . only that his low, flat, unadorned cap . . . indicated that he belonged to the city. Sir W. Scott.

  4. Alone in its class; by itself; not associated with others of the same class or kind; as, an only child.
  5. So and no otherwise; no other than; exclusively; solely; wholly.

    "She being only wicked." Beau. *** Fl.

    Every imagination . . . of his heart was only evil. Gen. vi. 5.

  6. Hence, figuratively: Alone, by reason of superiority; preëminent; chief.

    "Motley's the only wear." Shak.
  7. Singly] without more; as, only- begotten.
  8. Above all others; particularly.

    [Obs.]

    His most only elected mistress. Marston.

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Only

ONLY, adjective

1. Single; one along; as, John was the only man present.

2. This and no other. This is an only child.

3. This above all others. He is the only man for music.

ONLY, adverb

1. Singly; merely; barely; in one manner or for one purpose along.

I purpose my thoughts only as conjectures.

And to be loved himself, needs only to be known.

2. This and no other wise.

Every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. Genesis 6:5.

3. Singly; without more; as only-begotten.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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FLAT'TERED, pp. Soothed by praise; pleased by commendation; gratified with hopes, false or well founded; wheedled.

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