Pronunciation: (u-lōn'), [key]
adj.(used predicatively)
1. separate, apart, or isolated from others: I want to be alone.
2. to the exclusion of all others or all else: One cannot live by bread alone.
3. unique; unequaled; unexcelled: He is alone among his peers in devotion to duty.
4. leave alone,
a. to allow (someone) to be by himself or herself: Leave him alone--he wants to rest.
b. to refrain from annoying or interfering with: The youngsters wouldn't leave the dog alone, and he finally turned on them.
5. let alone,
a. to refrain from annoying or interfering with.
b. not to mention: He was too tired to walk, let alone run.
6. let well enough alone, to be satisfied with the existing situation; refrain from attempting to change conditions: Marriages are often destroyed by relatives who will not let well enough alone.

1. solitarily; solely: She prefers to live alone.
2. only; exclusively.
3. without aid or help: The baby let go of the side of the crib and stood alone.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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