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 for only
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Only \On"ly\, a. [OE. only, anly, onlich, AS. [=a]nlic, i.e.,
     onelike. See One, and Like, a.]
     1. One alone; single; as, the only man present; his only
        occupation.
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     2. Alone in its class; by itself; not associated with others
        of the same class or kind; as, an only child.
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     3. Hence, (figuratively): Alone, by reason of superiority;
        preeminent; chief. "Motley's the only wear." --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Only \On"ly\, adv. [See Only, a.]
     1. In one manner or degree; for one purpose alone; simply;
        merely; barely.
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              And to be loved himself, needs only to be known.
        --Dryden.
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     2. So and no otherwise; no other than; exclusively; solely;
        wholly. "She being only wicked." --Beau. & Fl.
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              Every imagination . . . of his heart was only evil.
                                                    --Gen. vi. 5.
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     3. Singly; without more; as, only-begotten.
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     4. Above all others; particularly. [Obs.]
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              His most only elected mistress.       --Marston.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Only \On"ly\, conj.
     Save or except (that); -- an adversative used elliptically
     with or without that, and properly introducing a single fact
     or consideration.
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           He might have seemed some secretary or clerk . . . only
           that his low, flat, unadorned cap . . . indicated that
           he belonged to the city.                 --Sir W.
                                                    Scott.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  only
      adv 1: and nothing more; "I was merely asking"; "it is simply a
             matter of time"; "just a scratch"; "he was only a child";
             "hopes that last but a moment" [syn: merely, simply,
             just, only, but]
      2: without any others being included or involved; "was entirely
         to blame"; "a school devoted entirely to the needs of problem
         children"; "he works for Mr. Smith exclusively"; "did it
         solely for money"; "the burden of proof rests on the
         prosecution alone"; "a privilege granted only to him" [syn:
         entirely, exclusively, solely, alone, only]
      3: with nevertheless the final result; "He arrived only to find
         his wife dead"; "We won only to lose again in the next round"
      4: in the final outcome; "These news will only make you more
         upset"
      5: except that; "It was the same story; only this time she came
         out better"
      6: never except when; "call me only if your cold gets worse"
         [syn: only, only if, only when]
      7: as recently as; "I spoke to him only an hour ago"
      adj 1: being the only one; single and isolated from others; "the
             lone doctor in the entire county"; "a lonesome pine"; "an
             only child"; "the sole heir"; "the sole example"; "a
             solitary instance of cowardice"; "a solitary speck in the
             sky" [syn: lone(a), lonesome(a), only(a),
             sole(a), solitary(a)]
      2: exclusive of anyone or anything else; "she alone believed
         him"; "cannot live by bread alone"; "I'll have this car and
         this car only" [syn: alone(p), only]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  95 Moby Thesaurus words for "only":
     absolute, after a fashion, alone, appreciably, at any rate,
     at best, at least, at most, at the least, at the most,
     at the outside, at worst, azygous, barely, but, celibate,
     companionless, comparatively, contrariwise, detectably, entirely,
     exclusive, exclusively, fairly, first and last, however, impair,
     in a manner, in a way, in part, in some measure, incomparable,
     incompletely, inimitable, integrally, irreducibly, just, leastwise,
     lone, matchless, merely, mildly, moderately, modestly,
     not comprehensively, not exhaustively, odd, on the contrary, one,
     one and only, only-begotten, part, partially, particular, partly,
     peerless, plainly, pro tanto, purely, relatively, separate, simply,
     simply and solely, single, singly, singular, so far, sole, solely,
     solitary, solo, somewhat, thus far, to a degree, to some degree,
     tolerably, totally, transcendent, unaccompanied, unanalyzably,
     unattended, undividedly, unequaled, unexampled, unique, unmatched,
     unpaired, unparagoned, unparalleled, unrepeatable, unrepeated,
     unrivaled, visibly, wholly, yet
  
  

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