|Origin:||all one 'wholly one'|
a‧lone S2 W1 [not before noun]
if you are alone in a place, there is no one with you [= by yourself]:
She lives alone.
You shouldn't leave a child alone in the house.
My wife and I like to spend time alone together away from the kids.
without any friends or people you know:
It was scary being all alone in a strange city.
She was all alone in the world (=she had no family or friends to help her or look after her).
feeling unhappy and lonely:
I cried like a child because I felt so alone.
without any help from other people:
He was left to raise their two children alone.
without including anything else:
The case will cost thousands of pounds in legal fees alone.
used to emphasize that there is only one person who knows, can do something etc:
Julie alone knew the truth.
to start working or living on your own, especially after working or living with other people:
After years of working for a big company I decided to go it alone.
8, let somebody alone old-fashioned
to stop annoying or interrupting someone:
'Leave me alone!' she screamed.
9 also let something alone old-fashioned
to stop touching an object or changing something:
Leave those cakes alone. They're for the guests.
leave well (enough) alone (=not change something that is satisfactory)
In economic matters, they should leave well alone.
used to emphasize that something belongs to someone:
The responsibility is yours and yours alone.
to not be the only person to do something:
You're not alone in feeling upset, believe me.
to be strong and independent:
the courage to stand alone
to be at a distance from other objects or buildings:
The house stood alone at the end of the road.