only

adj. enig
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adv. slechts, alleen, maar
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conj. maar
only1
[ oonlie] 〈bijvoeglijk naamwoord〉
enig
best(meest) geschikt, juist
voorbeelden:
1   an only child een enig kind
     we were the only people wearing hats we waren de enigen met een hoed (op)
     the only thing now is to call the police het enige wat je nu nog kunt doen, is er de politie bijhalen
     his one and only friend zijn enige echte vriend
     my one and only hope de enige hoop die me nog rest
2   I think boxing is the only sport voor mij is de bokssport helemaal het einde
you're not the only pebble on the beach je bent niet alleen op de wereld; er zijn ook nog anderen te krijgen
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only2
〈bijwoord〉
slechtsalleen (maar), maar, enkel
〈bij tijdsbepalingen〉pas(maar) eerst, nog
voorbeelden:
1   only think! stel je voor!
     I've only just enough money ik heb maar net genoeg geld
     she was only too glad ze was maar al te blij
     only five minutes more nog vijf minuten, niet meer
     if and only if als en alleen als
     if only als … maar, ik wou dat …
     if only you had come earlier! was je maar wat vroeger gekomen!
     if only to/because al was het alleen maar om
     we walked for two hours, only to find out that … we liepen twee uur, maar enkel om te ontdekken dat …
2   the train has only just left de trein is nog maar net weg
     she told me only last week that … ze vertelde het me vorige week nog dat …
     he arrived only yesterday hij arriveerde gisteren pas
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only3
〈voegwoord〉
alleenmaar
voorbeelden:
1   I like it, only I cannot afford it ik vind het mooi, maar ik kan het niet betalen
     I could have gone, only my mother was ill ik had kunnen gaan als mijn moeder niet ziek was geweest
     I would have phoned, only I didn't know your number ik zou gebeld hebben maar ik had je nummer niet

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