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only

  

      adj   prenominal  
1    the. being single or very few in number  
the only men left in town were too old to bear arms     
2    (of a child) having no siblings  
3    unique by virtue of being superior to anything else; peerless  
4    one and only  
a    adj   incomparable; unique  
b    as n   the object of all one's love  
you are my one and only     
      adv  
5    without anyone or anything else being included; alone  
you have one choice only, only a genius can do that     
6    merely or just  
it's only Henry     
7    no more or no greater than  
we met only an hour ago     
8      (Irish)   (intensifier)  
she was only marvellous, it was only dreadful     
9    used in conditional clauses introduced by if to emphasize the impossibility of the condition ever being fulfilled  
if I had only known, this would never have happened     
10    not earlier than; not...until  
I only found out yesterday     
11    if only or if...only   an expression used to introduce a wish, esp. one felt to be unrealizable  
12    only if   never...except when  
13    only too  
a    (intensifier)  
he was only too pleased to help     
b    most regrettably (esp. in the phrase only too true)  
      sentence connector  
14    but; however: used to introduce an exception or condition  
play outside: only don't go into the street     
     (Old English anlic, from an one + -lic -ly2)  
In informal English, only is often used as a sentence connector: I would have phoned you, only I didn't know your number. This use should be avoided in formal writing: I would have phoned you if I'd known your number. In formal speech and writing, only is placed directly before the word or words that it modifies: she could interview only three applicants in the morning. In all but the most formal contexts, however, it is generally regarded as acceptable to put only before the verb: she could only interview three applicants in the morning. Care must be taken not to create ambiguity, esp. in written English, in which intonation will not, as it does in speech, help to show to which item in the sentence only applies. A sentence such as she only drinks tea in the afternoon is capable of two interpretations and is therefore better rephrased either as she drinks only tea in the afternoon (i.e. no other drink) or she drinks tea only in the afternoon (i.e. at no other time)  


only-begotten  
      adj  
Archaic   (of a child) being the only offspring of its father  
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Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
exp.
it's ready!
or "dinner's ready!"; "lunch is ready!"; "breakfast's ready!"
n.
means a liquid is not clear: this tea's got bits in it, I don't like yogurt with bits in it
assez proche de l'idée de 'il y a à boire et à manger'
exp.
something is easy to do
exp.
Used to express that it is impossible to decide between two options because they're equal
English expression
n.
it's a unintended call which happens when the keys are not blocked in one's pocket
exp.
When something is 'in the air', it means something exciting or significant is taking place or about to happen. Ex.: Spring is in the air - it's time for change!
n.
management by walking/wandering around; it's a form of management based on frequent informal visits to the subordinates'work area and direct interaction with them
[Bus.]
n.
"It's a list of all the people and things I hate so much I want to hit them in the face with a shovel." Concept coming from the Marian Keyes novel, The Mystery of Mercy Close (2012).
exp.
it's said for determining someone to calm down, be patient, control his/her reactions
exp.
neighborhood considered dangerous, where it's not recommended to go, especially as an outsider
exp.
it's said when someone has done things in the wrong order
exp.
En cualquier momento, tendré pruebas para conformarlo.
exp.
When sth sounds too good to be true and not as good as it seems to be and you suspect that there is a hidden problem
exp.
to do two things at the same time using the effort needed to do only one
n.
one of several parts that together make up a whole machines, system etc.
A component that is vital for my life is a computer because i use it everyday to do homework and email.
n.
one of the three temperaments described by WH Sheldon, characterized by hedonism, conviviality and extroversion.
[Psych.]
n.
an agreement through which one of the parties is offered very advantageous conditions because of the special relation with the partner
[Bus.] most frequently ,"sweetheart deal" has a negative connotation implying the idea of illegality or immorality .
exp.
live without being connected to one of more public utilities (such as water, electric power)
exp.
stop talking; refrain from saying something
informal
exp.
be kept waiting
exp.
to lose one's temper
very familiar
exp.
(about a positive event/situation) happen out of the blue, without any effort from the impacted persons
v.
spoil someone's plans; spoil someone's pleasure or joy.
I hate to rain on your parade, but we will not be able to host your birthday party next week.
id.
make a lot of efforts to understand something
exp.
expression used to describe the practice of a company using internally the marketed products
[Bus.] expression originating from and widely used in software industry; the practice is also known as "dogfooding"
n.
a kind of mirage
exp.
virtual electronic assets, value or obligations bequeathed to a person after its former owner's death
[Tech.];[US];[Internet] value or obligations in cyberspace transitable upon the death of an individual
n.
one who solves people's problems
exp.
means "that's just the way it is"
c'est comme ça, point barre
exp.
have everything together; have all things settled/organized
E.g.: Just when I had got all my ducks in a row and I was ready to go, I received a call and had to cancel my trip.

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