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adj. -li•er, -li•est.
lonely, lonesome, forlorn, desolate - Lonely adds to solitary a suggestion of longing for companionship, while lonesome heightens the suggestion of sadness; forlorn and desolate are even more isolated and sad.
If you are alone, you are not with any other people.
Don't use 'alone' in front of a noun. For example, don't talk about 'an alone woman'. Instead, you say 'a woman on her own'.
Don't confuse alone with lonely. If you are lonely, you are unhappy because you don't have any friends or anyone to talk to. Lonely is used either in front of a noun or after a linking verb like be or feel.
In British English, someone who is lonely is unhappy because they are alone.
American speakers sometimes say lonesome, not 'lonely'.
|Adj.||1.||lonely - lacking companions or companionship; "he was alone when we met him"; "she is alone much of the time"; "the lone skier on the mountain"; "a lonely fisherman stood on a tuft of gravel"; "a lonely soul"; "a solitary traveler"|
unaccompanied - being without an escort
|2.||lonely - marked by dejection from being alone; "felt sad and lonely"; "the loneliest night of the week"; "lonesome when her husband is away"; "spent a lonesome hour in the bar"|
dejected - affected or marked by low spirits; "is dejected but trying to look cheerful"
|3.||lonely - characterized by or preferring solitude; "a lone wolf"; "a lonely existence"; "a man of a solitary disposition"; "a solitary walk"|
unsocial - not seeking or given to association; being or living without companions; "the unsocial disposition to neglect one's neighbors"
|4.||lonely - devoid of creatures; "a lonely crossroads"; "a solitary retreat"; "a trail leading to an unfrequented lake"|
uninhabited - not having inhabitants; not lived in; "an uninhabited island"; "gaping doors of uninhabited houses"
solitary together, popular, accompanied, befriended
to feel lonely → sentirse solo
I was lonely and didn't know what to do → me sentía solo y no sabía qué hacer
the lonely hours of the night → las horas nocturnas de soledad, las solitarias horas de la noche
it's lonely at the top → uno se siente muy solo en la cumbre
It was a lonely time → C'était une période où je me sentais seul.
to feel lonely → se sentir seul(e)
She feels a bit lonely → Elle se sent un peu seule.
lonely[ˈləʊnlɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (person) → solitario/a; (place, isolated) → isolato/a; (deserted) → deserto/a
to be or feel lonely → sentirsi solo/a