If You Only Knew Meaning

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only














adj





prenominal




1




the. being single or very few in number




the only men left in town were too old to bear arms




2




(of a child) having no siblings




3




unique by virtue of being superior to anything else; peerless




a





adj




incomparable; unique




b





as n




the object of all one’s love




you are my one and only












adv




5




without anyone or anything else being included; alone




you have one choice only, only a genius can do that




6




merely or just




it’s only Henry




7




no more or no greater than




we met only an hour ago




8





(Irish)



(intensifier)




she was only marvellous, it was only dreadful




9




used in conditional clauses introduced by if to emphasize the impossibility of the condition ever being fulfilled




if I had only known, this would never have happened




10




not earlier than; not…until




I only found out yesterday




11





if only or if…only




an expression used to introduce a wish, esp. one felt to be unrealizable




12





only if




never…except when




a




(intensifier)




he was only too pleased to help




b




most regrettably (esp. in the phrase only too true)











sentence connector




14




but; however: used to introduce an exception or condition




play outside: only don’t go into the street











(Old English anlic, from an one + -lic -ly2)





In informal English, only is often used as a sentence connector: I would have phoned you, only I didn’t know your number. This use should be avoided in formal writing: I would have phoned you if I’d known your number. In formal speech and writing, only is placed directly before the word or words that it modifies: she could interview only three applicants in the morning. In all but the most formal contexts, however, it is generally regarded as acceptable to put only before the verb: she could only interview three applicants in the morning. Care must be taken not to create ambiguity, esp. in written English, in which intonation will not, as it does in speech, help to show to which item in the sentence only applies. A sentence such as she only drinks tea in the afternoon is capable of two interpretations and is therefore better rephrased either as she drinks only tea in the afternoon (i.e. no other drink) or she drinks tea only in the afternoon (i.e. at no other time)


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only-begotten












adj





Archaic



(of a child) being the only offspring of its father


English Collins Dictionary – English Definition & Thesaurus

Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition

locavore

n.

a person whose diet consists principally,
if
not
only, of locally grown or produced food


Ex: Having concerns about ecological issues I became a locavore even if I have to make concessions for staples such as coffee, tea, salt or sugar which are difficult to find close to home

vocabulary

YOLO

exp.


you
only
live once

[Fam.] acronym

vocabulary


you
catch more flies with honey

exp.

The actual say is: “You
can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar” This means that it is easier to persuade people
if
you
use polite arguments and flattery than
if
you
are confrontational.

vocabulary

screw
you
jackass

exp.

go away idiot, fool ; leave me alone idiot, fool ; fuck
you
idiot, fool ; fuck off idiot, fool.

[Slang];[Vulg.]

vocabulary

ya

pron.


you

[Slang]

vocabulary

pride comes before fall

id.

def.:
if
you
are too confident about yourself, something bad will happen to show
you
that
you
are not as good as
you
think
you
are

vocabulary

lul

exp.

love
you
loads


“je t’aime beaucoup” in French

vocabulary

wbu

exp.

what about
you


Slang;
written abbreviation

vocabulary

betcha

exp.

bet
you

[Slang]

vocabulary

can’t be arsed

exp.


if
you
can’t be arsed to do something,
you
can’t be bothered to do it (you
are too lazy to do it)


colloquial, British, very common

vocabulary

love me, love my dog

exp.

expression used for pointing out that,
if
you
love someone,
you
accept also things and people dear to the person
you
love

vocabulary

!

albeit : “Reality is merely an illusion,albeit a very persistent one!”

conj.

albeit although, even
if, even though, notwithstanding that, tho’ (U.S. or poetic) though <You
use albeit to introduce a fact or comment which reduces the force or significance of what
you
have just said. FORMAL adv ADV with cl/group (=although)


Charles’s letter was indeed published, albeit in a somewhat abbreviated form.

vocabulary

ttyl

o.

talk to
you
later

vocabulary

dating partner

n.

person that
you
date

vocabulary

zigged before
you
zagged

exp.

it’s said when someone has done things in the wrong order

vocabulary

action speaks louder than words

exp.

when
you
act it has more impact that when
you
speak
only

vocabulary

!

voluntary

adj.

done because
you
want to

[US] i did the proyect voluntary to improve my grade

vocabulary

it is up to
you

adj.

the decision is yours

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If You Only Knew Meaning

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