2 pronoun
one2 S1 W1 plural ones
1 used to mean someone or something of a type that has already been mentioned or is known about:
'Have you got a camera?' 'No.' 'You should buy one' (=buy a camera).
The train was crowded so we decided to catch a later one (=catch a later train).
the one(s) (that/who/which)
The only jokes I tell are the ones that I hear from you.
this one/that one/these ones/those ones
I like all the pictures except this one.
2 used to mean someone or something from a group that has been mentioned or is about to be mentioned:
The children seemed upset. One was crying.
one of
This is one of my favourite books.
3 used to talk about a particular person or thing in comparison with other similar people or things
one of
One of the men sounded furious, the other frightened.
She has two daughters. One is a primary school teacher, the other a musician.

the one(s) who/that

the person or people who:
I was the one who had been attacked, not Richard.
The only ones who will benefit are the shareholders.

one by one

used when one person or thing in a group does something, then the next, then the next, especially in a regular way:
One by one each soldier approached the coffin and gave a final salute.

one after another/one after the other

if events happen one after the other, they happen without much time between them:
One after another, tropical storms battered the Pacific coastline.

(all) in one

if someone or something is many different things all in one, they are all those things:
It's a TV, radio and VCR all in one.
8 formal used to mean people in general, including yourself:
One can never be too careful.
Great pictures make one think.
! This is a very formal use. People usually say or write you instead of 'one': You can never be too careful.

I, for one, ...

used to emphasize that you believe something, will do something etc and hope others will do the same:
I, for one, am proud of the team's effort.

... for one

used to give an example of someone or something:
There were several other people absent that afternoon, weren't there? Mr Ashton for one.

put one over on somebody

informal to trick someone:
No one's going to put one over on me!

be at one with somebody/something

a) to feel very calm or relaxed in the situation or environment you are in:
She felt as she always did in these mountains: peaceful, without care, at one with nature.
b) formal to agree with someone about something:
He was at one with Wheatley on the need to abandon free trade.
14 informal used in particular phrases to mean 'an alcoholic drink':
How about a quick one at the pub?
have had one too many (=have drunk too much alcohol)
(have) one for the road (=have one last alcoholic drink before you leave a place)

the one about ...

spoken a joke or humorous story:
Have you heard the one about the chicken who tried to cross the road?

as one

written if many people do something as one, they all do it at the same time:
The whole team stood up as one.

a difficult/hard/good etc one

a particular kind of problem, question, story etc:
'What do you attribute your long life to?' 'Oh that's a difficult one'.

one and the same

the same person or thing:
Muhammad Ali and Cassius Clay are one and the same.

not/never be one to do something

informal to never do a particular thing, because it is not part of your character to do it:
Tom is not one to show his emotions.

not/never be (a great) one for (doing) something

informal to not enjoy a particular activity, subject etc:
I've never been a great one for watersports.

one of us

spoken used to say that someone belongs to the same group as you, or has the same ideas, beliefs etc:
You can talk in front of Terry - he's one of us.

one and all

old-fashioned or formal everyone:
Apologies to one and all.

got it in one!

British English spoken used to say that someone has correctly guessed or understood something immediately:
'You're not painting the house again are you?' 'Got it in one!'

little/young ones

spoken used by some people to mean 'children', especially young children:
She's got four little ones.

you are/he is a one

British English old-fashioned used to say that someone's behaviour is amusing, strange or surprising:
You are a one!

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