To leave alone
Alone A*lone", a. [All + one. OE. al one all allone, AS. [=a]n one, alone. See {All}, {One}, {Lone}.] 1. Quite by one's self; apart from, or exclusive of, others; single; solitary; -- applied to a person or thing. [1913 Webster]

Alone on a wide, wide sea. --Coleridge. [1913 Webster]

It is not good that the man should be alone. --Gen. ii. 18. [1913 Webster]

2. Of or by itself; by themselves; without any thing more or any one else; without a sharer; only. [1913 Webster]

Man shall not live by bread alone. --Luke iv. 4. [1913 Webster]

The citizens alone should be at the expense. --Franklin. [1913 Webster]

3. Sole; only; exclusive. [R.] [1913 Webster]

God, by whose alone power and conversation we all live, and move, and have our being. --Bentley. [1913 Webster]

4. Hence; Unique; rare; matchless. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Note: The adjective alone commonly follows its noun. [1913 Webster]

{To let alone} or {To leave alone}, to abstain from interfering with or molesting; to suffer to remain in its present state. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • To leave alone — Leave Leave, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Left} (l[e^]ft); p. pr. & vb. n. {Leaving}.] [OE. leven, AS. l?fan, fr. l[=a]f remnant, heritage; akin to lifian, libban, to live, orig., to remain; cf. bel[=i]fan to remain, G. bleiben, Goth. bileiban. [root]119 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To let alone — Alone A*lone , a. [All + one. OE. al one all allone, AS. [=a]n one, alone. See {All}, {One}, {Lone}.] 1. Quite by one s self; apart from, or exclusive of, others; single; solitary; applied to a person or thing. [1913 Webster] Alone on a wide,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To let alone — Let Let, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Let} ({Letted} (l[e^]t t[e^]d), [Obs].); p. pr. & vb. n. {Letting}.] [OE. leten, l[ae]ten (past tense lat, let, p. p. laten, leten, lete), AS. l[=ae]tan (past tense l[=e]t, p. p. l[=ae]ten); akin to OFries. l[=e]ta,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To leave off — Leave Leave, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Left} (l[e^]ft); p. pr. & vb. n. {Leaving}.] [OE. leven, AS. l?fan, fr. l[=a]f remnant, heritage; akin to lifian, libban, to live, orig., to remain; cf. bel[=i]fan to remain, G. bleiben, Goth. bileiban. [root]119 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To leave out — Leave Leave, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Left} (l[e^]ft); p. pr. & vb. n. {Leaving}.] [OE. leven, AS. l?fan, fr. l[=a]f remnant, heritage; akin to lifian, libban, to live, orig., to remain; cf. bel[=i]fan to remain, G. bleiben, Goth. bileiban. [root]119 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To leave to one's self — Leave Leave, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Left} (l[e^]ft); p. pr. & vb. n. {Leaving}.] [OE. leven, AS. l?fan, fr. l[=a]f remnant, heritage; akin to lifian, libban, to live, orig., to remain; cf. bel[=i]fan to remain, G. bleiben, Goth. bileiban. [root]119 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To leave one to himself — Himself Him*self , pron. 1. An emphasized form of the third person masculine pronoun; used as a subject usually with he; as, he himself will bear the blame; used alone in the predicate, either in the nominative or objective case; as, it is… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • leave alone — leave (someone) alone to not annoy or interrupt someone. If you just leave her alone she ll do the job right …   New idioms dictionary

  • leave alone — leave (something) alone to not touch or be involved with something. Leave the bite alone and don t scratch it …   New idioms dictionary

  • leave alone — Ⅰ. ► leave (or let) alone 1) abandon or desert. 2) stop interfering with. Main Entry: ↑alone Ⅱ. ► let alone not to mention. Main Entry: ↑ …   English terms dictionary

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