Synonyms of 'only'
soleDictionary, one, single
She was the only applicant for the job.
Their sole aim is to enjoy life.
My one regret is that I never knew my father.
A single shot rang out.
waiting for the group to decide rather than making individual decisions
We have exclusive use of a 60-foot boat.
The area has its own unique language, Catalan.
a lone woman motorist
His evenings were spent in solitary drinking.
one and only
1 justDictionary, simply, purely
At the moment it's only a theory.
2 hardlyDictionary, just, barely
I only have enough money for one ticket.
3 exclusivelyDictionary, entirely, purely
Computers are only for use by class members.
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You use barely to say that something is only just true or only just the case.
His voice was barely audible.
But is used to mean 'only'.
St Anton is but a snowball's throw away from Lech.
Thesaurus for only from the Collins English Thesaurus
You use only to indicate the one thing that is true , appropriate , or necessary in a particular situation , in contrast to all the other things that are not true, appropriate, or necessary.