1. Alone in kind or class; sole.
2. Standing alone by reason of superiority or excellence.
3. Without anyone or anything else; alone:
room for only one passenger.
4. At the very least:
If you would only come home. The story was only too true.
5. And nothing else or more:
I only work here.
6. Exclusively; solely:
facts known only to us.
7. In the last analysis or final outcome:
actions that will only make things worse.
8. With the final result; nevertheless:
received a raise only to be laid off.
9. As recently as:
called me only last month.
10. In the immediate past:
only just saw her.
11. Were it not that; except.
12. With the restriction that; but:
You may go, only be careful.
13. However; and yet:
The merchandise is well made, only we can't use it.
14. Middle English
15. from Old English 3nloc
源自 古英语 3nloc
18. When used as an adverb, only should be placed with care to avoid ambiguity. Generally this means having only adjoin the word or words that it limits. Variation in the placement of only can change the meaning of the sentence, as the following examples show:
当only 用作副词时应注意避免意义模糊。 一般来说，这意味着把only 放在被限定词的旁边。 Only 的位置的改变， 会改变整个句子的内容，例如：
Dictators respect only force;
they are not moved by words.
Dictators only respect force;
they do not worship it.
She picked up the receiver only when he entered, not before.
She only picked up the receiver when he entered;
she didn't dial the number.
19. Though strict grammarians insist that the rule for placement of only should always be followed, there are occasions when placement of only earlier in the sentence seems much more natural. In the following example only is placed according to the rule:
虽然严格的语法学家主张应该遵循only 位置的用法规则， 但有时only 放在的句子开头，看起来十分自然。 下面例子中only 的位置是按规则安排的：
The committee can make its decision by Friday of next week only if it receives a copy of the latest report.
20. Placement of only earlier in the sentence, immediately after can, would serve the rhetorical function of warning the reader that a condition on the statement follows.See Usage Note at not
Only 的位置紧跟在 can 的后边且在句子开头， 可以利用倒装句型提醒读者后边是一个条件参见 not