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Lesbians are likely to be drawn to stand-up, if only because it's cheaper to produce and therefore more accessible for women. But the very form of stand-up is masculine.
Kate Clinton

Meaning of "if only" in the English dictionary

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WHAT DOES IF ONLY MEAN IN ENGLISH?

If Only

If Only may refer to: ▪ "If Only", a song from Queens of the Stone Age's self-titled debut album ▪ "If Only" ▪ "If Only" ▪ "If Only" ▪ "If Only", a song from Yoko Ono's fourth solo album, Feeling the Space. ▪ "If Only", a song from Dave Matthews Band's eighth studio album, "Away from the World". ▪ "If Only", a song from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Whistle Down the WindIf Only, a 2004 film directed by Gil Junger ▪ If Only..., a 1998 film directed by María Ripoll ▪ If Only, a 1987 short film directed by Marc Aubry ▪ If Only, Geri Halliwell's 1999 autobiography ▪ "If Only", a song by When in Rome ▪ "If Only", a song by boyband a1 in their debut album Here We Come and bonus track of the single album Like a Rose...

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE IF ONLY

if
if the cap fits
if the worst comes to the worst
if you please
IFA
IFAD
IFC
Ife
iff
iffier
iffiest
iffy
Ifni
IFP
IFR
IFS
iftar

WORDS THAT END LIKE IF ONLY

chirurgeonly
commonly
cullionly
curmudgeonly
fonly
lionly
matronly
once-only
one and only
only
patronly
read-only
sonly
the only
uncommonly
wantonly

Synonyms and antonyms of if only in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «if only» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF IF ONLY

Find out the translation of if only to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of if only from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «if only» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

如果只
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

si sólo
570 millions of speakers

English

if only
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

अगर केवल
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

إذا فقط
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

если только
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

se apenas
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

শুধুমাত্র যদি
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

si seulement
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Kalaulah
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

wenn nur
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

場合のみ
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

경우 에만
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

yen mung
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

nếu chỉ
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

இருந்தால் மட்டும்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

जर फक्त
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Eğer sadece
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

se solo
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

jeśli tylko
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

якщо тільки
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

în cazul în care numai
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

αν μόνο
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

indien slegs
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

om endast
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

hvis bare
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of if only

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «IF ONLY»

The term «if only» is very widely used and occupies the 14.332 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «IF ONLY» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «if only» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «if only» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about if only

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10 QUOTES WITH «IF ONLY»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word if only.
1
Woody Allen
Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.
2
Joan Bennett
If only Vivien Leigh had stayed in England, that part would have been mine.
3
Luciano Berio
The relation between practical and spiritual spheres in music is obvious, if only because it demands ears, finger, consciousness and intellect.
4
Lewis Carroll
Everything's got a moral, if only you can find it.
5
Michael Cerveris
I've never been good at making smart career decisions or doing the right strategic thing, and yet somehow it's all led me to exactly the kind of career that I would have dreamed of having - if only I'd been smart enough to dream something like that.
6
Steven Curtis Chapman
If only 7 percent of the 2 billion Christians in the world would care for a single orphan in distress, there would effectively be no more orphans. If everybody would be willing to simply do something to care for one of these precious treasures, I think we would be amazed by just how much we could change the world.
7
Kate Clinton
Lesbians are likely to be drawn to stand-up, if only because it's cheaper to produce and therefore more accessible for women. But the very form of stand-up is masculine.
8
William J. Clinton
The new rage is to say that the government is the cause of all our problems, and if only we had no government, we'd have no problems. I can tell you, that contradicts evidence, history, and common sense.
9
Tim Conway
If only my folks had beaten me, I could have gotten some material about my miserable childhood. But as it is, I've had a great life.
10
Ann Coulter
It would be a much better country if women did not vote. That is simply a fact. In fact, in every presidential election since 1950 - except Goldwater in '64 - the Republican would have won, if only the men had voted.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «IF ONLY»

Discover the use of if only in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to if only and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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If Only
A stunning debut about one girl's journey through loss and grief.
Carole Geithner, 2012
2
If Only
Then, at the height of her fame, Geri Halliwell walked away from it all. if only is the inspiring story of Halliwell's roller-coaster journey from insecure teenager to nineties' pop superstar.
Geri Halliwell, 2002
3
If Only He Knew: A Valuable Guide to Knowing, Understanding, ...
A revised and updated version of Gary Smalley’s classic bestselling If Only He Knew that not only integrates the latest research and cultural changes for today’s readers, but also tells new stories with the author’s trademark honesty ...
Gary Smalley, 2012
4
If Only It Were True
What do you do when you find a stranger in your closet and she can disappear and reappear at whim?
Marc Levy, 2005
5
If Only I Had Told
Social services stepped in again, but this time they made things much, much worse . . . If Only I Had Told is Esther's personal and very brave memoir that tells the truth about Orkney's 1991 satanic sex scandal.
Esther W., 2013
6
If Only You People Could Follow Directions: A Memoir
At its center, the book is the story of three people: Nelson’s mother Susan, her brother Eric, and Jessica herself.
Jessica Nelson, 2013
7
If Only: How to Turn Regret Into Opportunity
And act now to avoid regret later.” --from If Only This life-changing guide will teach you how to turn regret into opportunity and hindsight into happiness
Neal Roese, Ph.D., 2005
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If Only the Sea Could Sleep: Love Poems
" Selected from Al-A'mul al Shi'riyya, 1-3 (The Complete Works, 3 volumes) the current book explores the great Syrian poet's oeuvre more than any other previous collection in English.
A. Adonis, Mirène Ghossein, Kamal Boullata, 2003
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If Only We Knew What We Know: The Transfer of Internal ...
Rich with case studies, concrete examples, and revealing anecdotes from companies including Texas Instruments, Amoco, Buckman, Chevron, Sequent Computer, the World Bank, and USAA, this valuable guide reveals how knowledge treasure chests ...
Carla O'dell, C. Jackson Grayson, 2011
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I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was: How to ...
If you suspect there could be more to life than what you're getting...if you always knew you could do anything if you only knew what it was, this extraordinary book is about to prove you right!
Barbara Sher, 2010

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «IF ONLY»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term if only is used in the context of the following news items.
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Meet Jordan Wieleba, Denver's Best, If Only, Transgender …
While comic Jordan Wieleba has been performing standup since 2006, her life and career really took shape after 2011, when the Denver native ... «Westword, Jul 15»
2
Steven Universe Episode Recap 'Historical Friction': If Only We …
Steven Universe has officially come off of hiatus for the third time this summer, and today's Steven Universe episode, “Historical Friction,” is the ... «iDigitalTimes.com, Jul 15»
3
Economy thrives if only peace exists - Secretary - News.lk
"National security plays a pivotal role because any economy of any country would flourish if only peace exists" said Secretary to the Ministry of ... «The Official Government News Portal of Sri Lanka, Jul 15»
4
Column: If only I could hit a home run like that - Oconee Enterprise …
With the talk of speeding up the pace of play in Major League Baseball, the league made a wise choice to implement new rules into this year's ... «Oconee Enterprise, Jul 15»
5
Economy thrives if only peace exists - Secretary - Ministry of Defence
"National security plays a pivotal role because any economy of any country would flourish if only peace exists" said Secretary to the Ministry of ... «Ministry of Defence, Jul 15»
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People could save a lot of money on health care—if only they knew …
Health Savings Accounts make a lot of sense–at least, on paper. For account holders, they provide a triple tax advantage. Money set aside ... «Washington Post, Jul 15»
7
If only we could 'unvote' those who said they'd change things
Some time ago I and many others voted for quality leadership of our country. We voted for open democracy and to burn bondholders and a ... «Irish Independent, Jul 15»
8
If only… Google Nexus 5 2015 shatters AnTuTu records in fishy …
We want to believe, we really do, but we highly doubt an LG-manufactured sequel to the budget-friendly 2013 N5 could score 85,000+ points ... «VR-Zone, Jul 15»
9
A Pathway to Success for Children of Immigrants — If Only They Will …
A program that could help people realize their full potential is available to thousands in Hawaii, but only hundreds are taking advantage of it. «Honolulu Civil Beat, Jul 15»
10
If only all Israelis could be like the 'salt of the earth' elite
For several decades, Israel has been taking orders from the likes of Lior Lotan and MK Ofer Shelah. What a country this would be if only all ... «Haaretz, Jul 15»

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