Only in a sentence

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Definition of Only

  • One alone; single; as, the only man present; his only occupation.
  • Alone in its class; by itself; not associated with others of the same class or kind; as, an only child.
  • Alone, by reason of superiority; preëminent; chief.
  • In one manner or degree; for one purpose alone; simply; merely; barely.
  • So and no otherwise; no other than; exclusively; solely; wholly.
  • Singly; without more; as, only-begotten.
  • Save or except (that); -- an adversative used elliptically with or without that, and properly introducing a single fact or consideration.
  • and nothing more
  • without any others being included or involved
  • with nevertheless the final result
  • in the final outcome
  • as recently as
  • except that
  • never except when

How to use only in a sentence. Only pronunciation.

Of Benn Claridge Prince Kaid had scarcely even heard until he died; and, indeed, it was only within the past few years that the Quaker merchant had extended his business to Egypt and had made his headquarters at Assiout, up the river.
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Lacey had talked so much, not because he was garrulous only, but because the inquiry in David's eyes was an encouragement to talk.
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Achmet is cruel as a tiger to any one that stands in his way; Nahoum, the whale, only opens out to swallow now and then; but when Nahoum does open out, down goes Jonah, and never comes up again.
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He was sitting beside David, and though he asked the question casually, and with apparent intention only of keeping talk going, there was a lurking inquisition in his eye.
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Only Nahoum Pasha had noticed his arrested look, so motionless did he sit; and now, without replying, he bowed gravely and deferentially to Kaid, who rose from the table.
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England rushed back upon him-the love of those at home; of his father, the only father he had ever known; of Faith, the only mother or sister he had ever known; of old John Fairley; the love of the woods and the hills where he had wandered came upon him.
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The girl only had seen David enter.
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Only when the shadows lengthen may he be stricken.
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He sat upon a stone, his gaze upon the river, following with his eyes, yet without consciously observing, the dark riverine population whose ways are hidden, who know only the law of the river and spend their lives in eluding itpirates and brigands now, and yet again the peaceful porters of commerce.
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For their standard was a standard of might the only right; but he-his whole life had been nurtured in an atmosphere of right and justice, had been a spiritual demonstration against force.
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The laying down of his life had never been presented to him; and yet, now that his conscience was his only judge, and it condemned him, he would gladly have given his life to pay the price of blood.
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If only there had been but one word of understanding between them before she left!
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You are great and good; you will know at least that I go because it is the only thing to do.
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I have begun now, and only now, to feel the storms that shake us to our farthest cells of life.
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I begin to see how near good is to evil; how near faith is to unfaith; and how difficult it is to judge from actions only; how little we can know to-day what we shall feel tomorrow.
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My only thought was to get away from the terrible Thing.
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She only saw troubled depths, lighted by a soul of kindling purpose.
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You were the occasion; the thing I did had only one source, my own heart and mind.
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Thee must not alter the course which was your own making, and the only course which thee could, or I should, take.
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Silence is the only way of safety or of justice.
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Examples of Only

Example #1
David's donkey now picked its way carefully through the narrow streets of the Moosky.
Example #2
This esteem gave greater certainty that any backsheesh coming from the estate of Benn Claridge would not be sifted through many hands on its way to himself.
Example #3
Whatever his misfortunes in Mexico had been, his forty years sat lightly on him, and his expansive temperament, his childlike sentimentality, gave him an appearance of beaming, sophisticated youth.
Example #4
This is a rotten cotton show.
Example #5
He's a deep one, and a great artist is Nahoum.
Example #6
If you stay long in Egypt, you'll find that Achmet is the worst, and Nahoum the Armenian the deepest, pasha in all this sickening land.