One - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |wʌn|  American pronunciation of the word one
Brit.  |wʌn|  British pronunciation of the word one


- the smallest whole number or a numeral representing this number (syn: ace, single, unity)
he has the one but will need a two and three to go with it
they had lunch at one
- a single person or thing
he is the best one
This is the one I ordered


- used of a single unit or thing; not two or more
- having the indivisible character of a unit (syn: unitary)
spoke with one voice
- of the same kind or quality
two animals of one species
- (informal) very; used informally as an intensifier (syn: right)
that is one fine dog
- indefinite in time or position
he will come one day
one place or another
- being a single entity made by combining separate components
three chemicals combining into one solution
- eminent beyond or above comparison (syn: matchless, nonpareil, peerless, unmatched, unrivalled)
she's one girl in a million
the one and only Muhammad Ali

Extra examples

There is one minute left in the game.

I have a few one-dollar bills in my purse.

She is one year old.

I don't have any ones. Can you break a five?

I'll be there at one.

Their dog died, but they plan to get another one.

I'd like to see the ring next to that one.

Which one did you like better?

He is the one who called the police.

That's one possible answer—but not the only one.

I would like to read more, but one doesn't have the time.

One from seven leaves six.

Your ones are too like sevens.

Afterwards, sauntering by ones and twos, came the village maidens.

John will be one soon.

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