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Definitions of one word
- adjective one being or amounting to a single unit or individual or entire thing, item, or object rather than two or more; a single: one woman; one nation; one piece of cake. 1
- adjective one being a person, thing, or individual instance or member of a number, kind, group, or category indicated: one member of the party. 1
- adjective one existing, acting, or considered as a single unit, entity, or individual. 1
- adjective one of the same or having a single kind, nature, or condition: We belong to one team; We are of one resolve. 1
- adjective one noting some indefinite day or time in the future: You will see him one day. 1
- adjective one a certain (often used in naming a person otherwise unknown or undescribed): One John Smith was chosen. 1
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Origin of one
First appearance:before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English oon, Old English ān; cognate with Dutch een, German ein, Gothic ains, Latin ūnus (OL oinos); akin to Greek oínē ace on a die
Parts of speech for One
A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 100% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".
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Synonyms for one
- superstar — a person, as a performer or athlete, who enjoys wide recognition, is esteemed for exceptional talent, and is eagerly sought after for his or her services.
- person — a human being, whether an adult or child: The table seats four persons.
- whoever — The person or people who; any person who.
- so-and-so — someone or something not definitely named: to gossip about so-and-so.
- anybody — Anybody means the same as anyone.
- each other — Although some insist that each other be used only in reference to two (The two candidates respected each other) and one another in reference to three or more (The three nations threaten one another), in standard practice they are interchangeable. Each other is not restricted to two, nor is one another restricted to three or more. The possessive of each other is each other's; the possessive of one another is one another's.
- each — every one of two or more considered individually or one by one: each stone in a building; a hallway with a door at each end.
- either — Used before the first of two (or occasionally more ) alternatives that are being specified (the other being introduced by “ or ”).
- any — You use any in statements with negative meaning to indicate that no thing or person of a particular type exists, is present, or is involved in a situation.
- one and all — being or amounting to a single unit or individual or entire thing, item, or object rather than two or more; a single: one woman; one nation; one piece of cake.
- once upon a time — at one time in the past; formerly: I was a farmer once; a once powerful nation.
- long ago — of or relating to the distant past or to remote events; ancient: long-ago exploits remembered only in folk tales.
- once — at one time in the past; formerly: I was a farmer once; a once powerful nation.
- at one time — If you say that something was the case at one time, you mean that it was the case during a particular period in the past.
- on occasion — a particular time, especially as marked by certain circumstances or occurrences: They met on three occasions.
- unique — existing as the only one or as the sole example; single; solitary in type or characteristics: a unique copy of an ancient manuscript.
- single — only one in number; one only; unique; sole: a single example.
- solitary — alone; without companions; unattended: a solitary passer-by.
- lone — being alone; without company or accompaniment; solitary; unaccompanied: a lone traveler.
- individual — a single human being, as distinguished from a group.
- marry — to take in marriage: After dating for five years, I finally asked her to marry me.
- allying — to unite formally, as by treaty, league, marriage, or the like (usually followed by with or to): Russia allied itself to France.
- settle down — to appoint, fix, or resolve definitely and conclusively; agree upon (as time, price, or conditions).
Antonyms for one
- tussock — a tuft or clump of growing grass or the like.
- tuft — a bunch or cluster of small, usually soft and flexible parts, as feathers or hairs, attached or fixed closely together at the base and loose at the upper ends.
- beefcake — Attractive men with large muscles can be referred to as beefcake.
- platoon — a military unit consisting of two or more squads or sections and a headquarters.
- ton — a unit of weight, equivalent to 2000 pounds (0.907 metric ton) avoirdupois (short ton) in the U.S. and 2240 pounds (1.016 metric tons) avoirdupois (long ton) in Great Britain.
- combined — A combined effort or attack is made by two or more groups of people at the same time.
- common — If something is common, it is found in large numbers or it happens often.
- general — of or relating to all persons or things belonging to a group or category: a general meeting of the employees.
- indefinite — not definite; without fixed or specified limit; unlimited: an indefinite number.
- mixed — put together or formed by mixing.
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