Meaning of ONE in English

ONE

I. |wən adjective

Etymology: Middle English oon, on, from Old English ān; akin to Old High German ein one, Old Norse einn, Gothic ains, Latin unus one, Greek oinē ace on dice, Sanskrit eka one, and perhaps to Latin is he, that — more at iterate

1.

a. : being a single unit or entire being or thing and no more — see number table

b. : existing alone in a specified sphere

there is one apple in the basket

2.

a.

(1) : being a particular unit or entire being or thing singled out (as by way of contrast, difference) from two or more identical or similar units or beings or things

spent one day of our vacation exploring the forest

have mentioned one important point out of the several that will have to be considered

went from one side to the other

(2) : being an individual that is preeminently what is indicated

is really one fine person

b. : existing as at least a single unit or being or thing : that is at least something : one at any rate : one in any case

well, that's one thing you can be proud of

that's one consolation, anyway

3.

a.

(1) : existing as something actually or virtually the same as something else : that is identical with or substantially the same as something else

the writer and his principal character are one

one and the same substance

(2) : single in kind : quite the same : equal

are of one age

(3) : that is not marked by any notable differences from something else : that amounts to the same thing

it's all one to me what you do

(4) : that is commonly shared by two or more individuals

one plague was on you all — 1 Sam 6:4 (Authorized Version)

b.

(1) : constituting a unified entity made up of or formed from or produced by two or more components or sources

combined the elements in such a way as to form one substance

cried out with one voice

(2) : that is so united to or merged with something else as to form a single harmonious whole with it : that is at one : that is in agreement : united

is one with you in all you do

(4) : existing or occurring as something not definitely fixed or placed (as in time)

will see you again one day

or as something merely mentioned with little or no specifying description : a certain

one John Doe got up and made a speech

— compare a II 4 d

5. : that is the only individual of an indicated or implied kind

was the one person she wanted to marry

II. pronoun

Etymology: Middle English oon, on, from Old English ān, from ān, adjective

1.

a. : a certain indefinitely indicated person or thing usually of a kind mentioned or under consideration

saw one of his classmates

had several current novels and let her borrow one

b.

(1) : an individual of a vaguely indicated group : anyone at all : anyone in a general way

one wouldn't like to see that happen

(2) — sometimes used as a 3d-person substitute for a pronoun of the first person (as I, we )

one supposes you will come

2. : something of an indicated or implied kind: as

a. : joke , laugh

that's one on you

b. : blow , sock

got one on the jaw which he remembered for a long time — John Masefield

3. chiefly Midland : one or the other — used after the second of two alternatives to indicate the necessity of a choice between the two

stay in bed or go to school, one

- by one and one

- in one

- one by one

III. “, in sense 1c(2) _wən noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English oon, on, from Old English ān, from ān, adjective & pron.

1.

a. : the first whole number above zero and below two : the number denoting unity

b. : a single unit or entire being or thing and no more

has the one but will need another

c.

(1) : a particular unit or entire being or thing singled out (as by way of contrast, difference) from two or more identical or similar units or beings or things

this is the one that is best

(2) : an individual of a particular kind

that's really a splendid one

2.

a. : the numerable quantity symbolized by the arabic numeral 1

b. : the figure 1

c. : the letter I

3. : one o'clock — compare bell table, time illustration

4.

a. : a domino with one spot on one of its halves

b. : a die with one spot on the uppermost side

c. : an article of clothing of the first size ; especially : a baby's shoe of the first size

wears a one

5.

a. : a pound note

b. : a one-dollar bill

6. capitalized : the ultimate being : the first principle of all things : the Absolute : god

7.

a. : devotee , fan

was a one for football — Naomi G. Royde-Smith

b. : an extraordinary or unique or eccentric individual

you're quite the one

you are a one , aren't you

IV. ˈwən transitive verb

( oned ; oned ; oneing ; ones )

Etymology: Middle English onen, from oon, on, adjective — more at one I

: unite

prayer … ones the soul to God — Walter Lippmann

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.